Five years ago, on October 13, 2013, a four year old little girl was involved in an accident that would later lead to an amputation. In December of 2015, after 22 surgeries, that sweet girl named Katie, would begin her new life as an amputee. Katie Eddington is now 9 years old.
I am Katie Eddington's mother.....
I am not a marathon runner.....
But I am running the Boston Marathon.
I get emotional just typing this. The reasons that I want to run for 50 Legs are endless.
I was advised prior to Katie even having an amputation, to reach out to 50 Legs. I did not. We were so mentually exhausted that we just did not want to speak to another person. We were advised a second time to reach out, and I did. I had no idea what this even meant. Let me explain what this means.....
*This means that when Katie needs a new leg, I send one text to Tiffany. One. And she arranges our trip.
*This means that we spend one week in Orlando receiving top knotch prosthetic care.
*This means we leave with a walking leg and a running blade. Our insurance does not pay anything toward a running blade.
*This means that we come back to Kentucky, Katie returns to school, she plays basketball with kids with two legs, and she runs 5ks.
*This means that I can watch Katie reach her full potential, when 3 years ago, as I looked at my new amputee, I hopelessly thought this would never be possible.
Over the past 5 years, I have met and talked to hundreds of amputees. Many of which have never ran, some have never walked well, and others have never walked at all.
Katie has currently ran sixteen 5ks and is the national record holder for the 60, 100, 200, and 400m sprints in her classification as a T42. None of this would have been possible without 50 Legs and POA in Orlando (and of course her amazing prosthetist Ricky).
I have pledged to raise $10,000 for 50 Legs. Please help me reach my goal.
50 LEGS IN 50 DAYS INC wrote:
In 2011 Steve Chamberland founded 50 Legs, a nonprofit charity that provides prosthetic legs to amputees. 50 legs has assisted hundreds amputees who have experienced the tragedy of limb loss. We have helped those who have suffered amputation from cancer, shark attacks, terrorist attacks, lawn mower accidents, and many other unfortunate accidents. We have also had the privilege of helping many veterans. Amputation is a hard adjustment, but we have found that amputees want to have the ability to live a normal life again and contribute to the community. At 50 legs our mission is to provide amputees with the necessary care and prosthetics that they could not otherwise afford and to help them live a happier and healthier life. Those who have been recipients of 50 legs are independent and thriving members of their communities. 50 legs wants to continue helping amputees so they too may regain the independence they once had.