My name is Mandy Horvath, in 2014 I was struck by a locomotive, severing my limbs just above the knees (making me a bi-lateral above knee amputee).
-In 2016, I moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to live at the base of America’s Mountain.
-April 23rd, 2018, I became this first female bi-lateral amputee to ascend one of Colorado’s toughest trails, the Manitou Incline, using only my hands.
-Weeks later I tackled Pikes Peak, becoming the first bi-lateral amputee to crawl Barr Trail’s 13 miles to summit, bringing awareness and fundraising to charities.
Amid these successes, I faced personal issues with alcoholism, resultingly- legal issues and despair but managed to find recovery and its blessings. I just celebrated 2 years and 7 months of sobriety!
-August of 2019, I went back in the mountains and led an expedition from the base of the Manitou Incline to summit, amongst my crew was another fellow bi-lateral amputee I also inspired to hand hike. This expedition was a successful launch for Cars4heroes Colorado; in the coming weeks we were privileged with aiding two local heroic families with reliable transportation.
-September of 2019, I was granted permissions to ascend the stairwell of Lady Liberty on behalf of Cars4Heroes.
2020 was focused on becoming ambulatory in prosthetics thanks to Steve Chamberland, the 50Legs Charity & Prosthetic & Orthotics Association!
Visit www.MandyHorvath.com to learn more, or search my name on Google!
In the coming months I will be enduring training in the mountains of my backyard. My next challenge is to climb to higher elevation, that requires specialized equipment to be purchased, modified and/or fabricated. This hand hiking challenge has never been attempted and will bring awareness as well as fundraising to organizations in desperate need of assistance.
TBA: APRIL 05, 2021!!!
Travel Expenses:(Flights, lodging, guided expedition, passport fees, travel insurance & park permit fees). $10,000.00
Equipment:(Modified gear, apparel & fabrication). $5,000.00
Communications:(Tech gear, satellite tracking and disaster mitigation/prevention). $3,500
This fundraiser will only be open until the end of MAY.
Thank you for considering donating towards my cause! Through you, I have purpose in helping to inspire others and serve my community in unique ways!
NOTE: My GoFundMe has been fraudulently copied numerous times. Please make sure that the campaign you donate to is listed as 'organized by Mandy Horvath!' Thank you!