Nicole's Story

Read Nicole's story of being a cancer-survivor and amputee, and her journey on Forrest Stump

A challenged athlete’s utopia

The stars aligned on our arrival into San Diego. It was the Challenged Athletes Foundation's biggest event of the year, the San Diego Triathlon Challenge, and we were invited as special guests to participate. Hundreds of challenged athletes arrived from all across the...

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The sweet smell of victory

Our final day of biking is one I'll remember forever. Although just 72 miles long, this ride felt different. I could finally revel in what we had just accomplished. In a few short months leading up to the trip, we had: quit our jobs, assembled a devoted team of...

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Swimming with the sharks

Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't. Out of the entire 1,500 miles we had planned for our journey, these 1.6 miles were the ones I was most anxious to complete. The funny thing is, I LOVE TO...

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Part X…”The value of tears.”

January, 2002 | Jan Harley Al and I drove home in silence.  We were both exhausted and mentally tapped. Upon arriving home, I dropped on the living room couch like a dog finding refuge from his enclosed kennel.  Al made dinner and we ate in silence.  Normally Al and I...

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The last straw. My journey to Forrest Stump.

It's crazy to think I've been an amputee now for 16 years; it's even crazier to realize that I've been battling the entire time to access better prosthetic technology. I first realized the system needed to change when at 10 years old, months after my amputation,...

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What would make 10-year old you proud?

A friend recently passed along this commercial by Indeed (job search app) and I couldn't help but feel an instant connection to our pursuit with Forrest Stump. The first question: What would make 10-year old you proud? It's not hard for me to remember exactly where I...

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Our world needs breakthroughs

Three weeks ago, I received the Victors Valiant Award for my work in fundraising at the University of Michigan. Yesterday, I quit my job. It seems fitting that the words on this award will help propel me into my next venture: "Our world needs breakthroughs. There is...

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