I am so proud to be running my 25th marathon, and 4th for Boston! For several years, I, have been dedicated to helping amputees and others with special physical needs to achieve their happiest, healthiest, most active lifestyles ever. This is a mission inspired by my own experience with my mother, and growing up wanting to help others like her.
In 2013, the Boston Marathon Bombing affected us all, leaving several with life-altering injuries. While many would have given up, we were blessed as Bostonians to have access to some of the best medical care, as well as some of the best rehabilitation resources. However, for some, the proper prosthetics they would need to regain their lives are nearly impossible to afford.
50 Legs was one of the first charities to respond to this tragedy, offering free prosthetics to those who otherwise would not be able to afford them. With prosthetics costing anywhere from $15,000 to upward of $50,000, and lasting only a couple of years, this assistance is the only way some would every hope to live the full lives they are able to today. Two of my dearest friends were some of the people who were able to rebuild their lives with the assistance of 50 Legs.
In addition to helping the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, 50 Legs has also provided prosthetics for others around the country, including 2-year-old Ireland Nugent, who lost her legs in a tragic lawn mowing accident. 50 Legs will be providing Ireland with prosthetics for life, allowing her to concentrate on being a little girl.
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