BENEFITING: AMPUTEE BLADE RUNNERS
Running is a powerful action. Anyone, anywhere in the world, regardless of economic status or social rank, can run. I've see running transform my life- mind, body, and spirit- and cause me to challenge myself daily. Yet, there are some, due to injuries and illness, who are unable to run because of a lost limb. Amputee Blade Runners (ABR) seeks to allow athletes who have lost a leg to experience the joy of running again. ABR is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide amputees with quality prosthetics in order to help amputees continue their active lifestyles. Their goal is to provide one prosthesis to an athlete in each state by 2016. I have the incredible opportunity to join blade runners and other non-blade runners in an almost 200-mile journey from Chattanooga, TN to Nashville, TN. We'll be running around the clock from Friday around noon, October 24th, to early evening on Saturday, the 25th. Each teammate will run 3 legs of the race equaling between 13 and 20 miles. The purpose of this is two-fold: first, to get amputee blade runners running, and, secondly, it's a chance to raise awareness and funding for current and future projects for ABR. While running a relay without sleep isn't for everyone, supporting those who have lost legs and have a desire to remain active and live a healthy lifestyle is something we can all get behind! I am hoping to raise $500 in honor of this journey, and the vision that ABR has to reach at least one person in each state by next year! Together,our team hopes to reach more people than ever before, and raise over $10,000 for ABR.