Amputee gets prosthesis, thanks to UMass Lowell grad

Amputee gets prosthesis, thanks to UMass Lowell grad

LOWELL — The Born to Run Foundation presented its fifth prosthesis donation, a running blade, to 18-year old amputee Kathleen Joiner of North Grosvenordale, Conn, at the first-ever Born2Run Fall tournament at UMass Lowell.

UMass Lowell’s women’s lacrosse team hosted the tournament, which also included teams from Quinnipiac University, University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire, Adelphi University and Dartmouth.

Joiner was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in her right leg in May 2013 and decided to have an amputation to remove the tumor to have a better opportunity to continue to be active and to play sports once she received a prosthesis.

The Born to Run Foundation was founded by Noelle Lambert, 22, of Manchester, N.H., a 2019 graduate of UMassLowell, who lost a leg in an accident on Martha’s Vineyard in 2016.

Lambert is a former Division 1 college athlete who played lacrosse at the UMass Lowell and established the foundation to help young amputees obtain specialized athletic prosthetic devices so they can live fulfilling lives. She recently made the U.S. Paralympic team and is training for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo in the 100-meter dash.

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