Supporting a Great Cause

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Supporting a Great Cause

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In April 2013, the Boston Marathon tragically came to a halt and we were all left wondering what we could do to help. In addition to supporting individuals in their return to Boston, we wanted to partner with a larger organization that makes it their mission to help athletes, specifically those who were injured in last year’s Boston Marathon bombings. This organization is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).

As a leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved and stay involved in sports, CAF has supported many of the Boston Marathon survivors along their journey to recovery. From providing mentors, to funding grants for running prosthetics and hosting free amputee running clinics, CAF has immensely helped Boston heroes and embodies yurbuds’ core brand value: #neverstop.

CAF has been a longtime partner of yurbuds, and we are thrilled to support them in their life changing efforts. The Boston Special Edition Sport Earphones are meant to commemorate the running community’s commitment to never to give up, so it makes perfect sense to donate the proceeds to CAF.

In addition to the product donation going to the overall foundation, we are excited to be working directly with three CAF athletes during their return to Boston. Meet the athletes below that embody the motivation and inspiration to #neverstop:

 

Heather Abbott

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On April 15, 2013, Heather and some of her friends had gone to the Red Sox game and then to a restaurant on Boylston Street when the bomb went off.  The second bomb cast her through the restaurant doorway.  A woman was dragging her to the back entrance of the door when former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham picked her up and carried her outside.  Heather ended up having her leg amputated below the knee.

In June 2013, Heather came to CAF’s “A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope” Gala in New York City where they were honored with numerous other Boston Marathon heroes and survivors. There, Heather got to meet Sarah Reinertsen, a CAF athlete who was able to mentor her and kick-off a long-term relationship between her and CAF. After receiving a running leg from CAF in October, Heather ran for the first time at CAF’s Össur Leg Amputee Running and Mobility Clinic in Boston.

While never a runner before, she plans to run at least the last mile with Erin Chatham, who carried her to safety during the bombing and is running in her honor.

Follow Heather’s Journey

 

Kelly Luckett

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Kelly is a below-knee amputee that has been a runner for a little over 10 years. She doesn’t consider herself a fast runner, but lives by the motto ‘If I can’t run fast, I’ll run far’, proven by her track record of running 28 marathons and 7 ultra-marathons. As a 9-time consecutive Boston Marathon finisher, her participation in the Boston Marathon has been made possible every year with a grant from the Challenged Athletes Foundation. She ran the Boston Marathon in 2013 with her best friend and was stopped approximately a half-mile from the finish line. With the same reaction as many of the racers that day, they initially did not know what was happening or why the marathon had been stopped, but were soon hit with the harsh reality when hearing of the injuries and fatalities. While it has been emotionally difficult to process the events of that day, Kelly is returning to the 2014 Boston Marathon not only to finish, but also to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost and all survivors and first responders.

Donate to Kelly’s CAF Fundraising Efforts

 

 

Jeff Schmidt 

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Jeff broke his leg playing elite high school soccer in 1997 and faced 10 years of surgeries in an effort to recover before deciding to amputate in 2007. He has since been able to get active again and really regain his life. By overcoming his injury and amputation, he has developed the character and drive to conquer his athletic goals with a true #neverstop mentality. In the last year alone, he has competed in 10 races including two half-marathons, two-half Ironmans and one full marathon. He not only has a #neverstop attitude when it comes to athletics, but also when it comes to fundraising. He was able to raise over $80,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation through a product fundraising campaign while training and competing in the 2013 Kona World Championship.

Follow Jeff’s Journey

 

 

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More about the Challenged Athletes Foundation

The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved – and stay involved – in sports.  CAF believes that participation in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.  Since 1994, more than $53 million has been raised and 8,200 funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear:  give those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love.  To learn more, log on to www.challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.

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