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Published on May 19, 2024
Boston Charity Event Gifts Kids with Limb Loss a Chance to Run Free with Custom ProstheticsSource: Unsplash/ Elevate

A group of kids with limb loss dashed with new hope at a Boston event where they were fitted with state-of-the-art running blades, allowing them to sprint like never before. The charity event, organized by the Dave McGillivray Finish Strong Foundation, provided the young participants with more than just advanced prosthetics; it also offered an invaluable sense of community and support.

During Saturday's "Running Is A Right" program, specialists from Shriners Children's Pediatric Orthotics and Prosthetics Services (POPS) meticulously fitted each child with tailor-made running blades and overjoyed children took their new prosthetics for a spin at the TRACK at New Balance, as reported by WCVB.

It was a day of firsts and newfound freedom for kids like Mahlia Schneck, who shared her excitement, saying, "I am so excited for this day. I've been telling everyone I run into 'I am getting my running legs this weekend!'" Schneck explained to CBS Boston, "It means lot to me It means now I can maybe run a little bit because I can't normally run in my regular prosthetics. So it kinda gives me a little more freedom."

The initiative did not stop with physical support, kids also hobnobbed with Boston Bruins legend Zdeno Chara and figures like double-amputee marathon record holder Marko Cheseto and the first full-time amputee firefighter in Massachusetts, Mighuel Baez—powerful role models illustrating the limitless possibilities that lie beyond physical barriers, according to WCVB.

Founder of the Dave McGillivray Finish Strong Foundation, Dave McGillivray, made it clear that his foundation’s mission stretches beyond just the physical, asserting "The bottom line is more than anything is to make them feel good about themselves," as he told CBS Boston. The generosity of the foundation and sponsors such as the Boston Bruins Foundation, Barrault and Associates, LLC, and UniCare/Wellpoint ensured that gifts went beyond the blades, with participants enjoying freebies and the camaraderie of a supportive community, noted by WHDH.