A Greenville runner escapes the Boston marathon bombings by a few minutes. Now she’s using that experience to raise awareness and money for amputees in North Carolina.
On Saturday, runner Dionne Evans, East Carolina University’s Recreation and Park Management students, and the Hanger Clinic put on the first Run for One 5k run/1-mile walk in Greenville.
Evans joined more than 200 people to participate in the race.
A t mile two participants were treated to a cheering squad and the Eastern North Carolina Amputee Support Group giving out water.
At the close of the raise participants were treated to fruit, a raffle, and demonstrations of new prosthetics.
While the goal was to raise money, for some of the participants like Taushima Andrade the event was a milestone. Andrade finished her first race as a double amputee. She says it was hard but it was worth it.
Andrade says completing today’s race was about showing people there is life after an amputation.
“An amputation isn't a disease. You still can do everything that you want to do in life and I’m going to show somebody else that,” said Andrade.
Evans says the event is also about making people aware of the need to help amputees get the prosthetics they need so they return to an active lifestyle.
“It’s just our responsibility to make sure we make them a productive part of our community and get them the prosthesis they need to live full productive lives," said Evans.
All the money raised from the event will go to a group that helps Boston marathon amputees and amputees in North Carolina.
Evans says they are planning to make this event an annual affair.
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