In 2016 I ran the Boston Marathon for 50 Legs as a way to give back to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, in particular, my friend Carmen's sister Celeste Corcoran. As a double amputee, Celeste struggled with prosthetics, until she was introduced to 50 Legs. Not only did she receive the best prosthetics to meet her needs, the support that she received from the 50 legs Community literally helped to save her life. I was so moved by the work that 50 Legs was doing to make the lives of amputees better, that I decided to run again in 2017. It was through the organization that I met Katie Eddington, a 9 year old girl from Kentucky who lost her leg in a tragic accident. Katie became the inspiration behind my next two marathons by sending me photos, videos and messages that helped get me through those daunting long runs in the New England weather. Katie has never let her prosthetic leg stop her. She plays basketball, swims, jumps on trampolines and with the help of her running blade she recieved through 50 Legs, Katie has completed sixteen 5k races! 50 Legs is a relatively small organization with a daunting mission. A typical prosthetic limb costs anywhere between $15,000 and $90,000 depending on the type of limb needed. With medical insurance, a recipient will typically pay 10-50% of the total cost of the prosthetic limb. The cost often reoccurs as the limb typically needs to be replaced every 3-4 years. Not only does the recipient need to pay for multiple limbs, but they also need to pay for physical and occupational therapy that comes along with adapting to living with an artificial limb. Throughout one’s life, it is projected that amputees will go through $1.4 million worth of treatment, including surgeries, prosthetics as well as therapy. So, as I brace myself for another winter of training, raising awareness and fundraising, I am truly thankful for each and every one of you that have supported me in the past and continue to do so. This cause is near and dear to me and I am blessed to be able to run for the amputee community. This year I will not only run for Katie, I will be running beside her mom as Sam takes on her first 26.2 for 50 Legs! Thank you and hope to see you on the route from Hopkington to Boston!