Josh Beecher of Bedford, NH, was born with a club foot. Because of the immense pain it caused him, he made the difficult to decision to have his leg amputated below the knee. He applied to the Foundation for a running blade so he could become more active.
Josh’s story was very compelling, and in July 2019, I had the opportunity to present him with a running blade at West High School in Manchester, NH. Josh said that becoming an amputee was the hardest decision he has ever had to make. Before he became an amputee, it was difficult for Josh to do everyday activities and participate in sports. Since receiving his running blade, Josh has been able to live an active life. At the donation event, we tested out his new blade with special guest Henry Tripp, who was the Foundation’s third donor recipient, by taking a couple laps around the track. Josh already looked like a natural running on his new blade.
Josh’s running blade was made by Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics. This was the Foundation’s fourth donation.