It is with an incredible amount of pride and excitement that I get ready, once again, to run The BAA Marathon. This year, I'm am honored to be running on behalf of A Leg Forever. As always, thank you for taking the time to read about the foundation and for supporting such an incredible cause.
Our story began on April 15, 2013 at the Boston Marathon...in the blink of an eye our world changed forever...
A Leg Forever Charitable Foundation was established in 2014 a year after the marathon bombings by Elizabeth Norden, Mother of JP and Paul Norden, who each lost a leg in the 2nd explosion.
6 years have passed since that horrific day…the Boston Marathon bombings changed the lives of many families. Two hundred sixty-nine innocent bystanders were injured, 17 people lost limbs and 5 lost their lives as a result of that day.
The Norden family was hit twice as hard when brothers, JP and Paul Norden, lost their right legs. JP lost the lower half of his leg, Paul lost his above the knee, and both came close to losing their lives. JP made it to the hospital with only a pint of blood barely remaining in his body. Paul was placed in a coma for 7 days while his body fought to stay alive.
The Norden family’s situation, although horrific, was also blessed with a tremendous amount of love, prayer and support of caring individuals from all over the world who reached out to lend a helping hand when their family needed it the most. Amputees from near and far came forward to show support and share their stories of healing and encouragement. Public donations and the One Fund enabled JP and Paul access to the best prosthetic limbs available and for that the Norden family is forever grateful.
For these reasons and many more A Leg Forever Charitable Foundation was created. The Norden Family aims to share the knowledge they have gained through this experience with the public and "pay it forward" to help others.
So much has happened since that day…never in our lives would we imagine how our lives have changed. Our foundation has helped tremendously in the healing process in many ways. We have been blessed to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world that will remain long lasting friends.
To date A Leg Forever Charitable Foundation has raised over $200,000.00 and we have assisted 23 amputees. Our supporters have been amazing and because of them we have been able to stand true to our mission - which means the world to us!
The Boston Marathon changed our lives in 2013…and now it has become a major fundraising opportunity for our foundation. A Leg Forever Teammates are committed to our cause, and dedicated to making a difference along with us. We hope you will support them as they run the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston on April 20, 2020.
DID YOU KNOW...
- Prosthetic limbs can range from $25,000 to $140,000 plus?
- A new limb is needed every 3 to 5 years for the remainder of life?
- There are various prosthetic limbs for running, golfing, and swimming?
- Health insurance only covers a portion of the prosthetic and the amputee has to worry about covering the rest of the bill?
Ask yourself this question. Could you live with one pair of shoes for your entire life? Well amputees need additional limbs to help them adapt to their new way of life too!
Help us spread awareness of these and many other challenges amputees face. With your support we can all make a difference in the lives of amputees TOGETHER!
Thank you for your support!
Liz, JP and Paul Norden
"A Leg Forever, Inc." is an all-volunteer, Non-profit 501c3 public charity based out of Stoneham, Massachusetts 02180.
Funds raised by our charity enable us to assist amputees of Massachusetts who have lost a limb from tragic circumstances.
We provide funding towards bedside care, prosthetics and adaptive needs to help amputees live their life that insurance often does not cover.
Please join us in cheering our runners on, help spread the word and help us reach our goal!
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A Leg Forever, P.O. Box 273, Stoneham, MA 02180