Melanie Waldman, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, lost her right arm below her elbow after having an extreme allergic reaction to the medication heparin. She is a registered yoga teacher, a former Walt Disney World Cast member and an actress.
Melanie’s story was very captivating, and in November 2019, I had the opportunity to present her with a new recreational prosthetic arm during a yoga class that she led at The Leadership Studio in Atlantic City, NJ. Melanie said that receiving this donation from The Born to Run Foundation means that she now has faith that she can relearn how to do so many things that she has struggled with in the past. She said what she loves most about the amputee and disability community is that they can somehow relate to one another through each other’s adversities and can share the same possibility to rise above. Melanie’s new recreational prosthetic arm has helped her teach her yoga class and live a more active life.
Melanie’s recreational prosthetic arm was made by All Care Prosthetics & Orthotics. This was the foundation’s 6th donation.