The Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth has chosen Amputee Blade Runners, as one of 5 organizations across Tennessee, to receive the 2015 ‘Everyday SuperHero Award.’ The award is based upon the work each organization has done with Children and Youth around the state of Tennessee. ABR co-founder, Ryan Fann, stated, “This award just validates the impact that ABR has on the kids and their families we have helped from the state of TN. We have kids that are now playing football, basketball, softball, soccer, running track, but more importantly, all are making greater impacts in their own communities!”
Since, late 2011, ABR has helped 56 amputees, from all over the country but with the majority coming from the state of Tennessee. ABR was founded on the idea that giving someone 1 piece of equipment(a running/sports leg) could change the course of their life moving forward. As insurance does not deem a running leg necessary, each individual must cash pay for their running leg, which can start around $8,000 and only go up from there. ABR co-founder, Aaron Fitzsimmons, said, “We want to help the kid next door that just wants to play with his friends during PE class, or the kid that dreams of running down the track in the Paralympics.”
On Wednesday, March 11, the ABR team will be recognized during the Children’s Advocacy Day’s program, here in Nashville, TN. The team will be presented with SuperHero Capes to represent the everyday superhero they do with children and youth around the state of Tennessee.
To learn more about the Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth, and about the Children’s Advocacy Days, please click on the link below.