Twenty-six-year old Nicole Ver Kuilen finished 1,500 miles of biking, running and swimming the West Coast to raise awareness of the problems amputees face in America and to highlight the need for access to prosthetic care.
She’s celebrating by joining Jack Richmond, President and CEO of the Amputee Coalition in Seattle’s Run Scared, a scary dash around Seward Park with participants dressed in costume.
“We’re asking local runners with limb loss to join us and create ‘Team Amputee Coalition’” says Jack Richmond. “It’s a chance to come together and show what is physically possible for people with limb loss.”
Jack, who is a below-knee amputee, is an avid runner, and looks forward to supporting Run Scared while sharing his message of empowerment and the need for access to prosthetic care for everyone.
“I’m looking forward to meeting Jack and others at the Limb Loss Education Day on Saturday as we discuss the importance of being able to get the devices that help you stay active and healthy.” commented Ver Kuilen. “Like Run Scared, we know the importance of coming together to support people facing illness and trauma.”
Sunday, October 29
Seattle’s Seward Park
5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle, WA 98118
The run benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and more information is available at runscared5k.com.
About Forrest Stump
Through FORREST STUMP, Nicole hopes to be a voice for change and to raise awareness about the barriers that limit access to prosthetic technology. Along the way she will be raising money and advocating for legislative changes affecting health care coverage for prosthetic devices. The Forrest Stump route and details are available at http://www.forreststump.org
About the Amputee Coalition
The Amputee Coalition, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is “to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention.” For more information about limb loss, please call 888/267-5669 or visit the Amputee Coalition Web site at http://www.amputee-coalition.org.
http://www.Amplifyyourself.org A tool site about insurance and legislative advocacy developed by the Amputee Coalition
This annual 5k / 10k costumed run brings together people to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is open to everyone. Registration includes gender specific long sleeve tech shirt, fully supported course, free event photos, post-race treats including pumpkin bread and a candy corn tasting bar, costume contest for people and furry friends, gear check, a free pre-race treasure hunt, chip timing for accuracy, and a free kids dash.