Prosthetic running leg for Joey

33391250_1538437419406081_r.jpeg33391250_1538437449814398_r.jpeg33391250_1538437464787320_r.jpegMy name is Joey Wesselman.  I am 14 years old.  I was born in China and my family adopted me when I was 8 years old.  I was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, that means when I was in the womb I was tangled in fiber bands that stopped my leg and fingers from growing.  In China, I did not have a prosthetic leg and could not do activities that I wanted to do.  When my family adopted me they were able to get me a prosthetic leg.  I need a new one every year because I am growing.  This leg allows me to walk and do some activities.  I love to run and I am in the running club at my middle school.   We are training for the L.A. Marathon. Unfortunately, my leg does not allow me to run long distances.  I need a running leg because the prosthetic leg that I currently wear will give me really bad blisters.  I ran 4 miles with my current leg and my blisters were so bad that I was not able put my leg on until they healed.  Our health insurance does not cover a running leg, it only pays for a portion of my regular leg.  We found out that the cost of a  running leg is $14,000.  Innovative Prosthetic Solutions, Inc. informed me that they will donate $5000 toward my running leg.  Now it's up to me and my family to try and raise the remaining $9000.
I am reaching out to family and friends to please help me reach my goal.  This would make me so happy!  Any donation would be greatly appreciated.
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Tracy Wesselman 
Organizer
Laguna Niguel, CA
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