A 3-year-old boy is running again thanks to the help of the Born to Run Foundation, a local charity dedicated to helping child amputees that was created after a Massachusetts college student’s near-death accident.
Noelle Lambert loves sports and her lacrosse team at UMass-Lowell, but a moped ride on Martha’s Vineyard almost ended it all for her.
“One minute we were having fun and the next we collided with a dump truck and I was looking down on my severed leg,” she recalls of the accident. “I quickly had this mind-set that I’m not going to let this define who I was.”
After 18 months of recovery and a new running prosthetic, Lambert was back on the field, and now she’s giving back through her Born to Run Foundation. It’s a chance to help young amputees get the prosthetics they need to live a full life.
Three-year-old Isaac Depelteau received the first donation, a batman running blade.
“You see kids like that and you just want to do better for yourself,” Lambert said.
Isaac was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, forcing his parents to decide his future: years of surgeries or lose the leg.