Join UFC in supporting over 100 of Colombia's once-wounded soldiers who are now ATHLETES with Victory on their mind!
These athletes have overcome life-changing physical and mental challenges through their passion for this sport. The performance of these warriors in each race greatly depends on the care and infection prevention of their injured limbs.
For this reason, we are raising funds for CARE-KITS that our athletes need to protect and care for their amputated stumps which get irritated and worn from prosthesis usage during their daily training.
The kits include:
• Moisturizers • Antibiotic ointment • Healing ointment • Pain relief medicine • Muscle relaxers • Ice packs • other first aid items
GET TO KNOW the 5 Colombian amputee athletes that will participate in the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.:
Jorge O., 33 years old: At barely 19 years of age, he lost his right leg when he stepped on a landmine during a military operation. He trains daily to meet his goal of competing in 3 marathons each year even though his current prosthesis is not adequate for running and causes discomfort.
Enrique P., 41 years old: In 2007, this Navy seaman lost both legs when a landmine exploded during a military operation. 2 years ago, we were successfully able to jointly sponsor him to obtain C-Leg prosthesis which have the technology for optimal mobility for bilateral amputees.
Fabio B., 40 years old: 13 years ago, this Navy seaman walked onto a hidden landmine causing it to detonate and destroy both his legs. Through our dedicated fundraising, United for Colombia helped him obtain top of the line Otto Bock prosthesis which gave him back his freedom.
Pierry R., 41 years old: When he was 18 years old and beginning his career as a police officer, he was involved in a bomb explosion activated by the guerilla organization, FARC. As a result, he suffered permanent spinal injuries and was paralyzed. Nevertheless, he found strength and motivation in sports. At the beginning of this year, he finished in 1st place at the Miami Half Marathon; Hand cycle category.
Jhon F., 30 years old: 6 years ago, this soldier sustained multiple injuries when a bomb exploded within a few yards from him. Both of his legs were amputated. He is one of our most outgoing beneficiaries with a prominent future in Hand cycle and his heart set on participating in the Paralympics.
Should your generosity exceed our expectations, United for Colombia will use additional funds towards Otto Bock high-tech running blade prosthesis and prosthesis maintenance for our beloved athletes.