UGA Golfer Helps Amputee Get Prosthetic Leg
Pro wrestlers, fans and local people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing turned out for a fundraiser Monday at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Tyngsboro, MA for 50 Legs, a nonprofit organization that provides prosthetic limbs for people that was started by former pro wrestler Steve Chamberland.
AMVETS Post 8 (St Petersburg FL)
AMVETS Post 8 in St Petersburg held a wonderful fundraiser for 50 Legs recently and they're members generously put together a beautiful gift basket for little Ireland Nugent. Ireland received the basket and was thrilled. Thank you AMVETS post 8 (Michele, Ted, and all your members did a wonderful job)
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Boston bombing victim is back in Orlando
A woman who was badly injured in the Boston bombing is back in Orlando for another fitting on her dual prosthetic legs. Celeste Corcoran, 48, lost both legs when the first bomb exploded. Viral images from that day show Corcoran's husband, Kevin, kneeling next to his wife.The Corcorans, of Lowell, Mass., were waiting for a family member to finish the Boston Marathon when the first blast went off on April 15."As I went down to look at her arms, further down, (her) legs (were) severely impacted and blood (was) all over the sidewalk," Kevin Corcoran said. Also on the sidewalk was his daughter, 18-year-old Sydney, clinging to life with a serious wound -- her femoral artery was severed. "I could feel warmth and blood leaving my body; I remember feeling tingly, cold," Sydney said. The Corcorans said memories of that day are vivid. While the family doesn't understand why the bombers did it, they said they are focused on hope, which took a big step forward in July when Celeste got fitted in Orlando for new prosthetic legs."That horrific incident took my legs, but it didn't take me," Celeste said. With a family Celeste calls her "rock," she is back on her "new" two feet."I want my life back," Celeste said. And Stan Patterson of Prosthetics and Orthotics Associates is helping her accomplish that."Those were beautiful steps," Patterson said.The family experienced tears of joy, not sorrow after she was fitted this week with the latest high-tech computerized prosthetic that uses a gyroscope to help her balance.Celeste hopes to soon get back to her job as a hair stylist.Through it all, she said there is some good.Celeste said she is even closer with her family and has met wonderful people and organizations, like 50Legs.org.
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8-Year-Old Girl Receives Legs, Support from 50 Legs Prosthetics Charity
8-year-old Kylie Smith is living proof that the loss of a limb does not have to stop a kid from being a kid. Kylie, who has been without a lower right leg since birth, is one of the beneficiaries of the 50 Legs charity. The bubbly and very active third grader attended the 50 Legs charity golf tournament with her family last Saturday at East Lake's Tarpon Woods Golf Club. Kylie golfed, ran on the golf course, rode in a golf cart and horsed around with her good buddy, Steve Chamberland, a former pro wrestler and amputee who is the founder of 50 Legs. Chamberland, who Kylie affectionately calls "Uncle Steve", bought a prosthetic leg for her after meeting Kylie and her family at Clearwater Beach. Chamberland found out that Kylie needed a new leg so she could go into the ocean. He made sure she had a new leg the following week. "We couldn't personally afford to do that for her," said Kylie's mother Lisa Smith, about the prosthetic leg that the 50 Legs organization provided for her daughter. But, Chamberland provided more than just a leg to Kylie. He also offered support to the family in the way of friendship. "We're truly becoming a family," said Lisa Smith at Tarpon Woods Golf Club Saturday. "Steve came into our life and it hasn't been the same since." Lisa Smith says her daughter is a very active kid who likes to swim, run and jump rope. Kylie also loves karate and is a recommended black belt in training for a junior black belt. Kylie, who lives in Clearwater and attends McMullen Booth Elementary, will soon get another new prosthetic leg, courtesy of the 50 Legs charity. The new leg will allow her to be even more active. "I'm looking forward to running," she said with a grin. Saturday's fundraiser was a big success with about 95 golfers participating in the tournament and 120 people attending the event, which included a silent auction, according to 50 Legs board member John Thompson. "It was a great day and everybody had a wonderful time," he said. Largo-based 50 Legs will be supplying prosthetics for Palm Harbor 2-year-old Ireland Nugent, whose ankles were severed in a lawn mower accident.50 Legs is also helping some of the victims of the recent Boston bombings.