Who am I?
I am nothing but a humble friend of an amazing woman.
Since I was 2 years old I've had the pleasure of knowing Amanda Wooten. She took me under her wing right away. She was older than me and it meant a lot that she thought so much of me to have me tagging along with her and her friends all through our childhood.
In all the years I've known Amanda, she has never known an enemy. Her personality is magnetic and intoxicating. Those of you that know her understand what I mean. You can talk to her for five minutes and feel like you've known her for years.
She's always been active since we were kids! Going hunting with our dads, playing sports, riding snowmobiles and four wheelers, camping, swimming, you name it! It was a blast and she was so talented! Always on varsity sports even as a freshman in high school! We all thought she'd be a college sports star!
But there was something else in the cards for Amanda...
When she was 16 she broke her leg warming up for a basketball game. In May of 2000 she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Bone Cancer.
We were all devestated. But Amanda had hope, and she had "fight"! The next 7 months were some of the hardest months in her life. Chemo, surgery, and realizing that her future would look very different than she ever imagined. But with the support of all of you, her friends and family, she pulled through it with a stellar attitude, inspiring everyone around her, and was Cancer FREE in December of 2000!
She has a titanium rod in her leg from her upper thigh down to the middle of her tibia. Since the initial surgery, her bones have worn out and after staff infections and hardware replacements, and 6 years of back and forth, surgery after surgery, and way too much antibiotics for one person, her body has reached a debilitating limit... Her bones can no longer support the rod and the weight of her leg. If she does not amputate her leg, she risks losing (breaking) her entire femur bone through the ball joint, which would give her no hope for prosthetics in the future. So now she is faced with the decision to amputate her leg around the knee, and get a prosthetic leg while she still has some healthy bone left.
As you can imagine, this journey has cost Amanda and her family thousands of dollars over the years and she has never asked for help from anyone.
Well I, among many of you I'm sure, am ready to give her a break! She is an amazing mother, friend, daughter and sister to all of us. And now we have an opportunity to give back!
As of Thursday, August 4th, she will be financially responsible for travel to and from Denver for specialist appointments, surgery prep, prosthetic fittings, surgery, a prosthetic leg, Physical Therapy, medication, etc. and this all adds up fast for a single mom working full time and raising a pre-teen daughter (she's growing up so fast!).
I know how powerful a little help from a lot of people can be, and I know that Amanda has COUNTLESS friends and family members that would love to help her but don't know how! This is how! Lets ease her transition by eliminating the added stressers of finances.
Lets show her how our love can multiply!
With our help, we can supplement what Medicare won't cover and completely relieve Amanda from the worry of taking care of her daughter while trying to take care of herself. Its time you got some TLC from us, "Manda"! :)
Lets reach our goal by August 31st!
Thank you in advance for your love and support! Amanda deserves it :)