BENEFITING: LIMBS FOR LIFE FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jul 02, 2016
Hello my name is Kristie Rodrique and I am Ms. Lake Elsinore Plus America. I have joined forces with Limbs for Life and I am raising funds to help others in need of new prosthetic limbs. I am an amputee myself and even with insurance, replacements are extremely expensive and not all people can afford them, so they go with out. I have been very fortunate to have been able to enjoy life always having a prosthetic limb and would love to help as many men, women and children have the full life that I have been blessed with. Having a good fitting and functional prosthetic can open so many doors to having a very full and rewarding life. There is nothing an amputee can't do. I was 6 years old when my leg was amputated for a birth defect and after 30 years more of my leg had to be amputated. The last amputation was about 4 years ago. Here are some examples that I have been able to accomplish in my life: Camping, Hiking, Biking, Swim Team, Sky Diving, Water Skiing, Karate and everyday things like raising a family and working full time in the medical field. I never in my life thought I would enter a pageant, but I am really glad I have. If it wasn't for one contestant I was extremely inspired by on Dancing with the Stars, whom was an amputee as well, I am not sure I would have been able to have the courage to be here today to help and be an inspiration for others. This one contestant was doing what I have always wanted to do, Raising awareness about how life really can be as an amputee! That one contestant was none other than Noah Galloway! Now it is my turn to give back and raise money to help other amputees receive the proper equipment they need to enjoy life, have their own unique list of accomplishments they can be proud of and inspire others in their own way. As a proud delegate of California Plus America 2016, caplusamerica.com, I have been able to live by example, inspire others and show what an amputee with a good prosthetic can become.