SKLZ is proud to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation and it's mission of helping people with physical challenges get involved, and stay involved, in sports. As we embark on the final weeks leading up to the Million Dollar Challenge, SKLZ will be featuring a CAF athlete of the week. Meet this week's athlete Tara Butcher.
In May 2005, a minor "fender-bender" stopped Tara on the side of a Southern California freeway. As Tara got out of her car to assess the damage, a car travelling 75 miles per hour struck her head-on. She landed hard on her back two lanes over after the blow catapulted her body, broke her right leg, destroyed her left leg from mid-calf down, caused trauma to her abdomen, and separated her neck from her head - an "internal decapitation." After a week of surgeries Tara's neck and spine were fused together by a metal plate and bone from her hip, and her left lower leg amputated below the knee.
Three months after her accident Tara began walking with her first prosthesis and returned to her job as a hairstylist. Tara learned about the opportunities the Challenged Athletes Foundation® provide and submitted her grant application and received a running prosthetic. Since, Tara has competed in numerous marathons, half marathons, triathlons, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Through her experience, Tara realized that the true appeal of her body is in the magic of its healing, resiliency and limitlessness.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges get involved, and stay involved, in sports. Headquartered in San Diego with regional chapters, CAF provides unparalleled sports opportunities, hope, education, and inspiration enabling physically challenged individuals to live active lifestyles.
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