What would you do if you lost an arm or a leg at 17? Truth is you and I have no idea, and should be grateful that we did not have to find out.
I remember my longtime mentor saying many years ago, that if it hurts it means you took the time to care. How right he was. Watching kids grow up has a way of doing that to you.
The story is what the story is. I remember my friend's voice when she called me and said her daughter was on a life flight helicopter, and she recounted that her daughter had gone over the front of a boat, and subsequently under it and into the propeller.
The path to recovery was a long and arduous one, and continues today. But, it is what that has come out of the event that is most amazing to witness. Rather than focus on her own plight, she is more concerned about being there for, and supporting, others who are very new in the same journey that she started at 17. A greater lesson for us all could not be taught or learned.
To that end, Katie is participating in an event to help expand an adventure camp specifically for amputees. Her words follow...If you know me, you know I became an amputee at 17 and you probably know I attended a summer camp recently afterwards called Adventure Amputee Camp, a camp for children with amputations or limb differences. It changed my whole outlook on life and allowed me to meet other people just like me, and learn from adult role models. Now, as an adult I attend as often as possible as a counselor, and I'm constantly amazed and inspired by the kids I meet every year. Camp encourages these children to stretch their potential and imagination and explore all that is possible despite physical differences. For the first time ever, the camp is fund-raising to expand to twice a year and to allow for more children to attend. A 5K will take place on Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 6:30pm until 9:30pm and it's only $25 to participate. Please run/walk with me in honor of these amazing kids! If you can't attend, please donate anything you can (monetary or goods, such as waters or snacks) & spread the word. Sponsorship opportunities for businesses/individuals are welcomed, all donations are tax deductible, and logos/names will go on the shirts- great for branding & awareness! Register at http://ow.ly/bxxk3
or message me for more info. THANKS EVERYONE!
If you have time in August, please consider supporting this VERY worthy cause. You will get the chance to meet a wonderful woman who chose to be a champion rather than a victim.