The Inspiration Behind 50 Legs
In May 2011, I received a call from my friend in Georgia who shared the story of Ania with me. Ania, at the age of 9, had saved her younger sister’s life. She and her sister were crossing the street on their way to school when a truck came over the hill headed right for them. Ania pushed her little sister out of harm’s way, but sadly, was hit by the truck. Ania received several life threatening injuries that resulted in her losing a kidney and having one of her legs amputated. My friend shared this story with me because I, too, am missing a leg. When I heard this story, I realized that my leg was taken for a reason and that I would devote myself to helping other children amputees.
I called my prosthetic doctor and shared the story with him. It was easy to convince him to share his talents with this deserving child. He and I made the journey to Georgia and presented Anna with a new prosthetic leg. The look on her face is something I'll never forget and the joy I felt in that moment drives me to this day. My current goal is to share 50 legs with 50 kids.