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!


A few places I've shared my story...

University of the Sciences
PT / OT / PA Program
Philadelphia, PA

New Waves in Trauma Conference
Philadelphia, PA

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Pastoral Care Program
Philadelphia, PA

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Family Day
Randolph High School, Philadelphia, PA

Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Night of Champions
Recipient of 2015 BELIEVE AWARD
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Inglis Awards for Continuing Excellence
Inglis House, Philadelphia, PA

Diversity Day
Friends Select School, Philadelphia, PA

Trauma Prevention Conference
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, PA

Trauma: A Continuum of Care
Lehigh Valley Health Network, Center Valley, PA

Temple University Robotics Program
Philadelphia, PA

EMMCO West Regional Emergency Medical Services Symposium
Erie, PA

Surgery Grand Rounds
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation: 17th Annual Conference and Meeting
Harrisburg, PA

New Waves in Trauma Conference / Excellence in Trauma Awards
Philadelphia, PA

Hot Topics in Trauma
Atlantic City, NJ

If you'd like me to visit your group, please use the "Contact Me" form or email me directly at my1000miles@gmail.com  


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