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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
LOCAL PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED ATHLETE AWARDED GRANT FOR RUNNING FOOT
South Burlington, Vermont-The Challenged Athletes Foundation, a world leader in helping individuals with physical disabilities get involved and stay involved in sports through their Access for Athletes Program announces Eileen L. Casey as the recipient of a high technology Ossur running foot as part of their grant distribution to help her fulfill her athletic aspirations. “I am absolutely honored and thrilled to receive this grant from Challenged Athletes Foundation which will allow me to continue to reclaim my life after losing my leg to cancer and finally be able to run again!”
Casey, a 51 year old South Burlington resident became a below the knee amputee three years ago as a result of osteosarcoma-bone cancer. Although she has health insurance, it does not cover prosthetics. Casey was instrumental in getting Vermont’s Prosthetic Parity Bill passed in April 2007 and was named the Amputee Coalition of America’s Advocate of the Year in 2008, a national award for her work helping those suffering from limb loss.
A daily runner prior to her amputation, this grant of Ossur’s high technology running foot will allow her to run again and she will be participating in the Vermont City Marathon on May 30th in Burlington. Established in 1997, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is a unique organization that recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing grants for training, competition and equipment needs. It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation to provide opportunities and support to those with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.
Learn more at www.challengedathletes.org.