Tammy, Rick and Meghan Jerome
Hi, I'm Meghan Jerome,
We are running this year for my mom, the strongest, funniest, craziest person I know. Over the past 7 years, she has been through a lot. Enduring over 10 surgeries on her ankle. We thought that my mom would never be able to walk normally again, and was devastated at the thought of never doing what she loved.
Growing up in RI, not being able to go into the ocean again was not an option; and the thought of never being able to snap a ski boot into its binding and ride a chairlift was one we didn't want to think about. Especially because my moms' famous quote in my family has always been "we are not here to have fun, we are here to ski!!" After much debate, Aug. 2, 2017, my mom received her 11th and final surgery, an experimental below the knee amputation, The Ewing Amputation - made possible in part by Stepping Strong and Dr. Matthew Carty. Thanks to them my mom is learning to Step Strong!
Feb 1, my mom received her first test prosthetic and took her first "relatively normal" steps in 7 years. Her journey is still long, but we are hoping eventually she can enjoy the ocean and ride down the ski slopes again. 8 days after getting her final prosthetic she completed the Stepping Strong B.A.A. 5k. and has since completed a Color Run and a local 5K. The Falmouth Road Race will be the biggest challenge so far, and the 4th race within 6 months of starting to walk on a prosthetic.
We appreciate all of your love and support through my mom's crazy "running before she can walk adventure!!"
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