Katie Joiner of Thompson, CT, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in her right tibia in May 2013 and decided to have an amputation to remove the tumor to have a better opportunity to continue to be active and play sports once she received a prosthesis.
As a fellow female athlete, Katie’s story was compelling, and we were able to donate a running blade to her on October 2019 at the first-ever “Born2Run Fall Ball Women’s Lacrosse Tournament” at UMass Lowell’s Wicker Blue Field. Katie said the new running blade would help her become even more active as she had been participating in basketball and other sports without a proper athletic prosthesis. At the time of the donation, Katie was an 18-year-old freshman at University of Hartford studying prosthetics and orthotics.
UMass Lowell’s Women’s Lacrosse Team hosted the tournament that benefited The Born to Run Foundation. The tournament featured five other lacrosse teams from Quinnipiac, UConn, UNH, Adelphi, and Dartmouth.
Katie’s running blade was made by Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics. This was the Foundation’s 5th donation.