Jack lost his right forefoot in a lawn mower accident when he was just four years old. We were devastated when the accident happened but Jack was a real trooper. There were some really rough times but Jack always found a way to laugh at some point in the day. He was up and going in a walking cast as soon as he was put in one. His first prosthetic foot worked out well and within a year and two months post accident, he was winning his first baseball championship trophy! We were thrilled with his progress. Little did we know then, that would be the best prosthetic experience we’d have for years. Problems with fittings were never ending from that point on. We went to four different prosthetics offices in five years and kept being turned over to different prosthetists over and over. Jack was opting out of anything that involved being on his feet and it was leaving him depressed and withdrawn. As a form of therapy, we started trying to raise awareness about lawn mower accidents. Within a few short weeks, he was just talking about his accident more openly through social media and in our personal lives, we were put in touch with people that would forever change our lives. The Bainters had also been trying to raise awareness about lawn mower accidents after their son was also injured. They put a call out, so to speak, for other families with similar tragedies to gather and film a public service announcement. I was on board right away! Jack needed to know that he wasn’t alone so very badly and this felt like pure divine intervention! Fate had stepped in and created a path and I had to go down it. We went to Orlando for the filming and met so many other families that had gone through the same experience that we had. It was so overwhelming to see all of these kids playing without a care in the world after varying times of us parents not always seeing that! As parents, we shared our stories and our experiences and knowledge. It was the first time Jack had met any other amputee kids at all and the first time I really got to speak with parents of kids that had very similar injuries as Jack. Many of the kids that we met there went to POA in Orlando for their prosthetics. The Bainters son, for one, went there and one of the kids even worked there! It was very awesome to meet Rick Schultz, who was injured by a lawn mower as a child and grew up to be an amazing prosthetist. I was very curious about how the other kids were doing with their prosthetics because Jack was having so many problems. I hadn’t lost all hope but I wanted see. Was constant pain just a part of being an amputee? As a non amputee parent of an amputee, these things can be hard to figure out. Ricky was fully confident that he could fit Jack in a prosthetic that was pain free and told me about 50 Legs. In no time at all we were flying to Orlando, once again, to POA courtesy 50 Legs to be fitted for a badly needed foot. At the time Jack couldn’t walk a mile without severe pain. In four days time POA had made him a new foot that he absolutely loved! Another friend that we had met at the filming gave us guest passes to Disney World to test out the new foot and Jack walked over eight miles!! The day after getting a new foot!! He wasn’t in pain the next day and walked more! This was insane! I hadn’t seen him up and going this much in three years! So much has changed for him. He wears his foot all the time now and nearly every teacher at his school has made a point to reach out to me and tell me how big of a difference they see in him all around. The confidence that 50Legs has given him has given him the power to change the world! I will be forever thankful of all that 50 Legs and POA has done for us!

Fate had stepped in and created a path and I had to go down it. We went to Orlando for the filming and met so many other families that had gone through the same experience that we had. It was so overwhelming to see all of these kids playing without a care in the world after varying times of us parents not always seeing that! As parents, we shared our stories and our experiences and knowledge. It was the first time Jack had met any other amputee kids at all and the first time I really got to speak with parents of kids that had very similar injuries as Jack. Many of the kids that we met there went to POA in Orlando for their prosthetics. The Bainters son, for one, went there and one of the kids even worked there! It was very awesome to meet Rick Schultz, who was injured by a lawn mower as a child and grew up to be an amazing prosthetist. I was very curious about how the other kids were doing with their prosthetics because Jack was having so many problems. I hadn’t lost all hope but I wanted see. Was constant pain just a part of being an amputee? As a non amputee parent of an amputee, these things can be hard to figure out. Ricky was fully confident that he could fit Jack in a prosthetic that was pain free and told me about 50 Legs. In no time at all we were flying to Orlando, once again, to POA courtesy 50 Legs to be fitted for a badly needed foot. At the time Jack couldn’t walk a mile without severe pain. In four days time POA had made him a new foot that he absolutely loved! Another friend that we had met at the filming gave us guest passes to Disney World to test out the new foot and Jack walked over eight miles!! The day after getting a new foot!! He wasn’t in pain the next day and walked more! This was insane! I hadn’t seen him up and going this much in three years! So much has changed for him. He wears his foot all the time now and nearly every teacher at his school has made a point to reach out to me and tell me how big of a difference they see in him all around. The confidence that 50Legs has given him has given him the power to change the world! I will be forever thankful of all that 50 Legs and POA has done for us!

From Jack’s Mom

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