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Help Me (Traci) Get a New Leg to Walk & Enjoy

Organized by: Traci Schacht

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THE STORY:

Hi! I'm Traci Schacht, an above knee amputee in Omaha, Ne. I had a car accident in 2007 which caused me to need well over 50 surgeries as we tried to save my leg. It was saved, but at the cost of activities I loved doing. I eventually asked for and received an amputation. In 2010, I became a below knee amputee, hiking, kayaking, activities I loved were once again back. Unfortunately, I had a non-union fracture in my knee and it broke. They tried a knee replacement which hadn't been done on a below knee amputee. It was successful, except a vein wasn't closed correctly and 2 days before it was to be fixed, I had a severe seizure, causing the knee to bust out and for my quads to tear from my bone. They tried to reattach my quads and fix the knee, but, unsuccessfully. In 2012, after a year of fighting infections and more surgeries, I became an above knee amputee. Unexpected great things happened. I became friends with my ambulance driver and he suggested I try writing poetry. Thanks to his encouragement and many others in and around Omaha, I am now a spoken word artist. I do spoken word at various venues. I coach 2 high school Slam Poetry teams for the Nebraska Writers Collective and am a Traveling Artist for Poetry Out Loud for the Nebraska Arts Council. I am also fortunate to be able to meet with other amputees who are struggling and help them through the mental process of acceptance and learning to love the changes to your body. As well as show them through my example and others, what is possible as an above knee amputee. The reason for this fundraiser is that my really cool leg no longer works and soon, the hydraulics will have given out completely. The co-pay, including liners and the necessary physical therapy sessions to learn the uses of the new knee is $15,000. I would appreciate any help you can give. My new leg not only will allow for me to continue being able to walk my two dogs, Jack & Bruce, do the activities I enjoy, it will also help me to continue my work with other amputees as well as going forth with the plans to expand the amputee support work. I have been given an amazing life since my accident and losing my leg. One I never imagined possible and I was living an exciting one before the accident. It is due to all that have held my hand through all of this. Again, thank you so much for reading a snippet of my story and helping out in any way that you can. Traci

$2,300

 

15% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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  • Creed

    $10

  • MaryAnne chisholm

     

  • Sean D

    $25

  • Heather Horst

    $50

  • Andrea Seaton

    $15

  • Christina Fitzpatrick

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Rodney

     

  • Laura England-Biggs

    $25

  • Jenn

    $50

  • Sharon Ahrens

    $25

  • Deirdre Evans

    $25

  • Susan Gershwin

    $25

  • Mike & Tracy Durbin

    $100

  • Todd^Scooter^ Shoup 1989

    $25

  • Quinn Eaton

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Valdene Mintzmyer

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Jenifer Pirrone

    $50

  • Kim Schwartz

    $25

  • Lisa Sandlin

    $25

  • Teresa Stevenson

    $25

  • Mary Kuhlman

    $25

  • Ruth Marimo

    $25

  • Kat Brewer Logan

     

  • Lorri L Caruso

    $25

  • Justin Gilbreath

    $25

  • Rebecca T

    $15

  • Kris

    $50

  • marcia epstein

    $25

  • Apollon Art Space

    $10

  • MaryAnne Chisholm

    $100

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Organized by

Traci Schacht

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Donor Comments

MaryAnne Chisholm

MaryAnne Chisholm

DONATION: $100

We need you walkin easy! 10 months ago

Apollon Art Space

Apollon Art Space

DONATION: $10

10 months ago

marcia epstein

marcia epstein

DONATION: $25

10 months ago

Kris

Kris

DONATION: $50

10 months ago

Rebecca T

Rebecca T

DONATION: $15

10 months ago

Justin Gilbreath

Justin Gilbreath

DONATION: $25

Love you Trac!! 10 months ago

Lorri L Caruso

Lorri L Caruso

DONATION: $25

Rock on my wonderful friend! 10 months ago

Kat Brewer Logan

Kat Brewer Logan

A tribute to you and your inspiration. May I never complain about my arthritis and damaged miniscus! Wishing you many donations.â 11 months ago

Ruth Marimo

Ruth Marimo

DONATION: $25

Wishing you the best 11 months ago

Mary Kuhlman

Mary Kuhlman

DONATION: $25

11 months ago

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