Run, Forrest Stump, Run (And Bike…and Swim): A Team Rides Down the North Coast Raising Awareness for Those With a Prosthesis
The team, a group of women, are running, swimming, and biking from Seattle to San Diego from Sep 1 to Oct 21. This 1,500 mile triathlon aims to “raise awareness on the barriers that limit access to prosthetic technology.”
wrote, “It’s crazy to think I’ve been an amputee now for 16 years; it’s even crazier to realize that I’ve been battling the entire time to access better prosthetic technology.”
She has struggled to get funding to pay for a prosthetic leg that would allow her to compete as an athlete. But then she heard about a New York State law that would allow insurance companies to only pay for one limb during the course of an amputee’s lifetime.
“Yes, it has been frustrating (to say the least) being denied time and time again for a running and waterproof leg,” she wrote. “But, to hear that other amputees would literally be made immobile for the rest of their lives made me want to get out my boxing gloves and enter the ring.”
She’s raising money to bring the concerns of amputees to Washington. If you would like to help, click here.