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!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Welcome Home

Who would've thought that after 1000 miles, I'd end up back home again?

But that's the way it happened.

My teams, old and new,
came together from near and far.

And just like that, beneath the disco ball and flashing lights -- along the smooth skating rink -- my feet knew what to do.

I stopped counting miles and started counting FRIENDS.

If a picture's worth a thousand words,

these are worth a THOUSAND MILES!

See for yourself...

Thank you for helping me celebrate this journey.

For never ever giving up.

For supporting me all along the way.

And most of all, for WELCOMING ME HOME!

Yes, of course there's a video! Click here :)


  1. Fabulous. Just FABULOUS! Congrats!

  2. Oh Ricki, I am just grinning ear-to-ear yet again. What I notice most of all in each and every frame of the video are the ENORMOUS smiles on everyone's faces. Pure joy. Okay, I need to finish this comment so I can go watch the video again!

  3. I would have so enjoyed being there to share the joy of your meeting your goal joined by people who love you and have been with you every step of the way. This is the beginning of the rest of your bright future. As your Aunt Candy would have quoted, " miles to go before you sleep". Millions of miles of biking, blading, hiking, and hopefully including a trip to CA. Love to you all from Tel Aviv.

  4. As much fun as it was skating with you, Rebecca, the video brings back all the smiles! Hooray for your miles, your accomplishments, and (I think I speak for us all) - we can't WAIT to see what you'll do next!
    Love you!

  5. Rebecca- As usual, this latest post made me smile and cry at the same time. Thanks for the beautiful memory of including us in this special party. Keep writing and walking :) ~ Julie