Amputated runner’s blade to get back on his feet


TOWNSHIP, M. (WJAR) – A Rhode Island woman who lost her leg in an accident five months ago is still adjusting to life without a limb.

A group of women from 6 Fit Studios in Canton, Massachusetts gifted Kendra Cucino-D’Allesandro a racing blade, so she could regain a sense of normalcy in her life.

Instead of tying up their running shoes, the women at the fitness center are all amputees who lost a leg but gained a blade.

“It makes me feel comfortable when I run that I don’t feel like I have an amputation or a prosthesis, I feel like I have two legs,” explained Noelle Lambert, founder of the Born to Run Foundation.

Lambert, a Division 1 athlete, lost her leg in 2016. Running and fitness were everything to her.

She founded the Born to Run Foundation about two and a half years ago to help change the lives of others by providing them with specialized prosthetics.

Lambert said insurance companies won’t cover the cost of specialized prosthetics, and they can range from $ 10,000 to $ 15,000.

The blade offered to Cucino-Dallesandro marked the foundation’s 16th donation.

“It’s overwhelming and I’m so grateful and blessed to have this opportunity,” said Cucino-D’Allesandro.

The 32-year-old mother was in the back of her fiance’s motorbike in July when a person, who was texting and driving, struck them.

As a result, his leg was amputated.

“Things have been extremely difficult since the accident. I try not to focus on my disability. I’m just trying to live my normal life, ”Cucino-D’Allesandro said.

Much of her life has always been running – something she can now continue to do because the blade will give her balance.

“I keep hearing about Vine that she wants to get into Paralympic athletics, so we’re going to help her every step of the way,” Lambert said.

“I can’t wait to see the opportunities I will have in the future, for sure,” said Cucino-D’Allesandro.

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