One Leg Up on Life Fundraiser

$42,220 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 144 people in 46 months
Jimmy Matthews
on behalf of Christy Wise
On April 11th, 2015 I was visiting friends in Shalimar, FL for the weekend. After a night of camping, and a day filled with SCUBA diving, jet skiing, wakeboarding, and swimming, my boyfriend and I decided to conclude the evening with a short paddleboard trip to the Shalimar bridge and back (something I had done many times before).

As expected, a boat or two spotted us on the water with our headlamps and gave us wide berths as they passed. However, one boat, for reasons unknown, did not. It struck me at near full speed and as a result, my right leg was amputated above the knee.

As an active duty Captain and HC-130 Pilot in the US Air Force, I've received the utmost care and treatment by the most amazing specialists and cutting edge technology the military has to offer. Throughout this journey to rehabilitation, I've encountered and overcome obstacles thanks to the care I've received. My new life has come with knowledge about the process of receiving, learning the use of, and maintaining prosthetics. I've also come to realize that there are amputees in third world countries that do not receive a fraction of the care that is offered in the US.

This is why I am partnering with Mango's on the Bayou restaurant, GUSU Paddle Sports, and BOTE to organize a paddleboard fundraiser on August 9th. The proceeds will go towards benefitting third world amputees that need prosthetics, prosthetic maintenance and resizing, and other requirements. I'm determined to turn this life-changing event into a positive and plan to continue helping in whatever way I can with my own foundation, "One Leg Up on Life".

To learn more about the first 6 kids in Haiti and the Dominian Republic we are trying to help or read more about my story, visit
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$42,220 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 144 people in 46 months
Created June 17, 2015
Jimmy Matthews
on behalf of Christy Wise
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Don & Jeanne Gregory
22 months ago

Memory of Shawn Gregory 10-10-67 ---- 5-20-17

Don Gregory
24 months ago

God Bless

Rick and Cindy White
25 months ago

To continue with the great work you are doing Christy and OLUOL!!

26 months ago
John Wise
28 months ago

Blessings again in 2017 for OLUOL and the love that flows through it.

Liz Jacobsen
28 months ago

Our good friend Vicki Sakata told us about this awesome campaign.

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