Tuesday, November 9, 2010 arrived with a clear early morning that promised to become a chilly, sunny, and typically autumn day. I zipped my coat, buckled my helmet strap, unlocked my bike, and headed off to work. A few minutes later, a garbage truck crossed a bike lane to make a right turn. I was in that bike lane. The tires of the truck crushed my left leg and caused other internal injuries. An amazing team of trauma surgeons saved my life, but they had to amputate my leg to do so.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Confucius.

In July 2011, I set off to walk a thousand miles as an above-knee amputee in my new prosthesis. The journey has held more twists, turns, and detours than I ever imagined.

I reached Mile 1000 on March 30, 2013.

But of course, that wasn't the end.

I'll keep walking!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thank You Jefferson

Mile Marker 160:

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU goes out to all my doctors, nurses and friends at Jefferson Hospital who organized a first anniversary walk for me on November 9, 2011.

Thank you for your outstanding care this year.  For seeing me through the long months, weeks, and days -- through the biggest hours and the smallest ones.

For keeping me safe and holding me close with your skillful hands and wide open hearts.

And for walking with me EVERY STEP of the way!

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  1. The video is awesome! I love the song!

  2. Hi Rebecca,

    This is so awesome! Congrats on 160 miles!! I was at a swim meet with the Georgetown team on Saturday and thankfully I didn't have to swim the mile, but I swam my 100 yard free in your honor!


  3. Wow- I just watched the video- so beautiful and moving! Here's to you and one step at a time with your loved ones by your side.

  4. Hi Rebecca
    I'm so happy that you have made such a strong recovery! You are and always have been an amazing person! I'm sorry I/we have not been in touch with you sooner but our families prayers have been with you since we heard of your accident....with love from an old neighborhood friend, Peter Johnson....

  5. Hi, Rebecca -

    I remember you as Ricki. I think we were in ecology club together at UDHS. I was a grade below you. Anyway, some UD friends sent me the WPVI story on you - and wow! First of all, you look fantastic. Secondly, I am very sorry you had to endure your accident. But, I'm glad you are triumphing over it. Your 1,000 mile goal is brilliant, and it's true what the hospital guy at the end of the WPVI piece said - you are going to inspire A LOT of people with your attitude and actions!

    If you ever feel like running a marathon, let me know. I'll do it with you. I'm running my 13th next March - Jerusalem.

    My absolute best regards,

    Scott (Frank) Piro

  6. Hi Rebecca, Our program was forwarded the video channel 6 did on your story yesterday. We knew you were in an accident --but only learned of the details and of your heroism just last night. You look absolutely beautiful and strong and full of life! We all talk about you and have wondered how you are. We would love to support you in your 1000 mile walk. We will watch your blog. Much Love and good wishes!! Meredith and the whole OA staff.

  7. Hi Ricki
    My mother told me about you and your blog. You are such an inspiration in all that you do. Thanks for sharing your story.

    And wishing you well as you continue your journey. PS hi to your family for me

    Jen Singer (Stef Singer's sister)