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.
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!
Friday, November 2, 2012
Join The Journey!
We're having a benefit party!
This Sunday, November 4
Food, raffles, games, and WALKING -- all for a great cause -- Philadelphia Limb Foundation!
The party will be held at:
Garden City Fire Hall
412 Moore Road
Wallingford, PA 19086
One-Mile Fun Walk at 3:00 (I need the miles!!!)
Tickets/donation: $20/person or $45/family
All proceeds benefit PHILADELPHIA LIMB FOUNDATION
Along this journey, I've learned that I'm very, very lucky.
I've had the best medical and prosthetic teams I could ever imagine. My insurance gives me access to advanced prosthetics, such as the Genium, which enable me to walk skillfully and safely. With the help of talented therapists and friends, I'm working toward biking, inline skating, and running -- all things I loved to do before the accident.
I've also learned that not everyone has such good fortune.
In the past 2 years, I've met amputees - young and old -- who have had to FIGHT for access to prosthetics. Many people find themselves uninsured or underinsured for a lifetime of prosthetic needs -- a knee that will allow them to walk safely, an arm that will enable them to go back to work.
No one expects to have a traumatic injury like mine. But life can change in a split-second.
PHILADELPHIA LIMB FOUNDATION is a local organization that helps amputees afford the prosthetics they need. To live safely. To be productive members of their community. To push themselves beyond the limits of their amputation.
I hope you can join us for walking and fun on November 4th!
It's a celebration of my journey. But it's also a way to help other amputees take their own journeys -- one step at a time.
If you can't attend the party but would like to contribute to the cause, donations are welcome!
Please mail them to:
Philadelphia Limb Foundation
c/o Prosthetic Innovations
10 Baldwin Creek
Eddystone, PA 19022
Please make checks out to PHILADELPHIA LIMB FOUNDATION. Write "Rebecca's Journey" at the bottom of the check, so they'll know it's part of our fundraising!
Thank you for walking with me -- in person and in spirit!