It was late morning on a picture-perfect July day on Martha’s Vineyard in 2016 when Noelle Lambert’s life changed forever. One minute, the first-time Vineyard visitor was driving a rental moped to the Aquinnah beaches with her best friend on the back. The next minute, she was lying on Barnes Road, in the wake of a collision with a dump truck, realizing the severed leg in the road was her own. It was an accident scene that left even the most seasoned first responders shaken.
Growing up, Noelle was a three sport varsity athlete in high school playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. She earned herself a division I scholarship to play lacrosse at UMass Lowell. During her freshman year, she was the leading point scorer on the team and also started every game. Following the accident in 2016, Noelle had thought her athletic career was over. After receiving a running prosthesis, Noelle returned to the field in 2018 being the first above knee amputee to play lacrosse at the college level. Since graduating, Noelle decided to pursue track & field. During her first track meet ever, she defeated the reigning national champion and qualified for the U.S. Paralympic Nation Track & Field team. She then went on to compete at the World Championships in Dubai placing 4th in the world and setting a new U.S. record.
In addition to her work with the Foundation, Noelle Lambert is a popular motivational speaker and makes frequent appearances in and around New England and across the country. If you are interested in more information about booking a speaking engagement, please visit www.noellelambert.com , or call Kim Zayotti at Blue Sky Sports & Entertainment at 781-421-3025 ext. 201.
The Born To Run Foundation®
The Born To Run Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) She said the accident has given her a new focus for her future, and she’s created the Born to Run Foundation®, a nonprofit that is dedicated to provide child amputees with a specific prosthetic that will allow them to run again. “I’m starting off with kids who’ve gone through what I’ve gone through,” she said. “Nobody realizes how expensive prosthetics are. I’ve been really lucky; I’ve had a couple foundations help me. We will help kids as well as adults that have to navigate through this new phase of life.”