Help Paul Peterson Run

$34,046 of $30k goal

Raised by 647 people in 14 months
Clay Claiborne   CHARLOTTE, NC
Paul Peterson lost his leg at age 15 in a motorcycle accident. Today, at age 22, he is one of the nations fastest runners. An athlete before his accident, Paul was determined to not let the loss of his leg slow him down, so he learned to run with a prosthetic leg. Three years ago, Paul began to run competitively. He runs in the 4x100 relay, the 100meter and 200 meter and the long jump. He is ranked 3rd in the nation in the 100 meter and has been training intensely for the upcoming National Paralympic Championship.
Unfortunately, on June 3, 2015, someone broke into Pauls apartment and stole three of his running prosthesis, each unique to one of the events he competes in. With your help, we can raise some funds to allow Paul to do his best in the National Paralympic Championship on June 22 2015.

My name is Clay  Claiborne. I live in Charlotte NC. I am a certified Prosthetist/Orthotist. Paul Peterson is a patient of mine who has been fitted with prosthetics for the past 6 years. The money raised will be used for fitting him with his running prosthetics and supplies need to compete. I am not sure how to obtain the funds needed to help pay for the expenses. 
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Update 5
14 months ago
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First off I'd like to over a heartfelt thanks to every one who extended a helping hand. I am amazed at your generosity and appreciate all the donations and the words of support. The amount of support given has exceeded my goals and expectations. In addition to the cash contributions received through GoFundMe, I have also received some private donations to help further cover my expenses of equipment and gear. The remaining funds raised will go toward other prosthetic materials, travel and competition expenses to help me on my journey to Rio2016. For the first time in my life I am also now in a position to give back to those individuals in my support system who have provided their services and expertise to me for years without asking anything in return. What little money I can make as a Paralympic runner is usually used up for travel, hotel and other expenses. I am truly humbled that this tragedy has put me in a position to give back in this fashion.

The direct funds from the crowd funding campaign will also go towards recouping some of the other items lost in the robbery, helping us move out of the neighborhood to a safer location and some personal expenses to help me get back on track. Since the money was given to help my paralympic dream, I felt it was only fair that I let everyone who donated know what my plans are for this aid. Again, I appreciate everyone’s support . Paul
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Update 4
14 months ago
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I also wanted to post a thanks from Paul that he had on his facebook page. (Paul Peterson III)

Even more motivated to get back on the track seeing all the comments on the fund me site. Thanks for all the help again I am truly blessed to be put in the position to see that people do care. Words can't explain what this means to me everything happens for a reason. God is good all the time every time I step on the track those comments will be in mind I'll run for ‪#‎god1st‬ and all my fans ‪#‎rightside‬
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Update 3
14 months ago
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Thanks to all of your generous donations, I've been working on one of Paul's legs. It still needs a paint job, but we're making progress.
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Update 2
14 months ago
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The outpouring of support from all of you for Paul has been overwhelming. Thank you, Thank you. Thank You.
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Annamarie Black
14 months ago

I donated last night and posted the GoFundMe link on FB twice. I woke up this morning to see the total jump from just over $2000 to $26K+. It's so amazing to see what a little over 500 people can do. I loved seeing the donation from 3 siblings for $5. It's enough if we all pull together!

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Elaine Claiborne
14 months ago
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I wanted to share this post from Paul. He's really grateful for all the help. Thanks for helping restore his faith in humanity. From Paul: I just wanna thanks everyone for all the love support this is such a blessing for me. I can't wait to get back to racing on the track & thanks to all the help I'll be back really soon. ‪#‎thanks‬ ‪#‎love‬ ‪#‎charlotte‬ #704

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Jessica Lam
14 months ago
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Paul, ever since listening to your story last night on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, I have been compelled to keep refreshing the Go Fund Me Page that your Prosthetic/Orthotic Physician created on your behalf! I have been awed this entire day! You are truly an inspiration to all of America! God Bless You Friend! I wish I could attend your competition! HOWEVER, I know in my heart YOU GOT THIS!

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Paula Tomey-Allen
14 months ago
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WOOT! He made it! $30,425 of $30k

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Toni Reynolds
14 months ago
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So happy to see the goal was met and that I could be even a small part of it. Keep up your hard work and I'll be looking for updates about you on the web.

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Reggie Hall
14 months ago
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Congratulations on raising the money needed to get your new prosthesis. Keep the Faith man and let this love help motivate you to even faster times!

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Jessy Gallagher
14 months ago
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So glad so many people came together to raise money for him! Seems like an amazing kid and deserves to be able to continue his dream! Hopefully it all works out! This definitely restored my faith in humanity! #keeprunningpaul #prayersforyou #goodluck

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Angus Angus
14 months ago

Dear Friend, With respect and humanity I am compelled to write these under a humanitarian ground with the help of my doctor. My name is Gasperini Berg Angus a merchant in England, in the United Kingdom. Am the only child of my late parents and never married have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer. It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone(not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give also to charity organizations, Less privileged people, widows e.t.c. because I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations here in the United Kingdom. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts in Wales and Jersey and distribute the money to help the need, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge trunk boxes (family valuables) of US$5.1 million that I have with a finance/Security Company abroad where I worked before. I will want a honest and God fearing person to receive these money and dispatched it to help the charity organizations, the sick ones, the needing, Less privileged people and widows. And I will set aside 30% for your time and service. Please reply me with honesty as soon as you read these message to my (Email: gasperiniberg@yahoo.co.uk) God be with you.

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Anne Semple
14 months ago

Spend it any of the ways you described. All worthy endeavors. I think we all just want you to have a better life. If moving or replacing TV's accomplishes this goal then all the better. You are an inspiration to us all. Thanks for the update.

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Darlene Lanphere
14 months ago

I would be nice if they could raise a little more for him other than for his prostetics...To replace things he lost when his place was robbed...

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Thomas Buyea
14 months ago

I sent my reply here below before reading that 3 of his prosthesis were stolen, I am sorry to hear that I can not imagine who, Even a competing runner who thinks it gives him an unfair advantage would do that, I hope he gets enough to replace them all. I have another gripe about leg amputees and that is they used to wear prosthesis that looked like a leg (not when running) And then wore long pants over it, Now most seem to wear one that looks like a pipe and wears short pants as if showing off a scar as a gang member sign of being tough. While we are at it how about ending Racial work discrimination by ending Affirmative Action ? ! Unless you think people in Minority categories are inferior and need it ? !

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Thomas Buyea
14 months ago

I believe that if any able bodied runner in the race against a spring equipped runner protests then the spring footwear equipped runner should Not be able to be designated the winner, But only the fastest spring footwear wearing runner in the race, These spring loaded devices for amputees are too sophisticated to be considered fair to able bodied runners !

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Renee BrownSugar Griffith
14 months ago

Im from Mississippi i have a cousin who lost there son and really need help please look it up on the site and read it

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$34,046 of $30k goal

Raised by 647 people in 14 months
Created June 4, 2015
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Anonymous
13 months ago
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14 months ago
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Paula Helms
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14 months ago
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Alexis Andres
14 months ago
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So proud of you, Paul. You are an inspiration to so many and a reminder to never, ever, EVER give up!!! Good for you!! Best of luck to you!!

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Irv Tannenbaum
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14 months ago
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Larry G
14 months ago
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To Clay and mostly Paul... I am an amputee myself. My heart was crushed bro when I had the honor of helping produce your story last night for a station where I live. Incomprehensible of how someone could even think to stealing something like that... little lone other possessions. Clay, thank you for being as caring as my prosthetician is for me. You are a blessing to Paul! Paul, I wish I could give more because you and your family deserve it. You have taken the higher ground and that is a testimony of your true heart. When you hear that starting gun go off... show them bro what true grit and determination you are made of!

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JH
$25
Jane Hunter
14 months ago
Annamarie Black
14 months ago

I donated last night and posted the GoFundMe link on FB twice. I woke up this morning to see the total jump from just over $2000 to $26K+. It's so amazing to see what a little over 500 people can do. I loved seeing the donation from 3 siblings for $5. It's enough if we all pull together!

+ Read More
Elaine Claiborne
14 months ago
9
9

I wanted to share this post from Paul. He's really grateful for all the help. Thanks for helping restore his faith in humanity. From Paul: I just wanna thanks everyone for all the love support this is such a blessing for me. I can't wait to get back to racing on the track & thanks to all the help I'll be back really soon. ‪#‎thanks‬ ‪#‎love‬ ‪#‎charlotte‬ #704

+ Read More
Jessica Lam
14 months ago
4
4

Paul, ever since listening to your story last night on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, I have been compelled to keep refreshing the Go Fund Me Page that your Prosthetic/Orthotic Physician created on your behalf! I have been awed this entire day! You are truly an inspiration to all of America! God Bless You Friend! I wish I could attend your competition! HOWEVER, I know in my heart YOU GOT THIS!

+ Read More
Paula Tomey-Allen
14 months ago
4
4

WOOT! He made it! $30,425 of $30k

+ Read More
Toni Reynolds
14 months ago
3
3

So happy to see the goal was met and that I could be even a small part of it. Keep up your hard work and I'll be looking for updates about you on the web.

+ Read More
Reggie Hall
14 months ago
3
3

Congratulations on raising the money needed to get your new prosthesis. Keep the Faith man and let this love help motivate you to even faster times!

+ Read More
Jessy Gallagher
14 months ago
3
3

So glad so many people came together to raise money for him! Seems like an amazing kid and deserves to be able to continue his dream! Hopefully it all works out! This definitely restored my faith in humanity! #keeprunningpaul #prayersforyou #goodluck

+ Read More
Angus Angus
14 months ago

Dear Friend, With respect and humanity I am compelled to write these under a humanitarian ground with the help of my doctor. My name is Gasperini Berg Angus a merchant in England, in the United Kingdom. Am the only child of my late parents and never married have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer. It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone(not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give also to charity organizations, Less privileged people, widows e.t.c. because I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations here in the United Kingdom. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts in Wales and Jersey and distribute the money to help the need, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge trunk boxes (family valuables) of US$5.1 million that I have with a finance/Security Company abroad where I worked before. I will want a honest and God fearing person to receive these money and dispatched it to help the charity organizations, the sick ones, the needing, Less privileged people and widows. And I will set aside 30% for your time and service. Please reply me with honesty as soon as you read these message to my (Email: gasperiniberg@yahoo.co.uk) God be with you.

+ Read More
Anne Semple
14 months ago

Spend it any of the ways you described. All worthy endeavors. I think we all just want you to have a better life. If moving or replacing TV's accomplishes this goal then all the better. You are an inspiration to us all. Thanks for the update.

+ Read More
Darlene Lanphere
14 months ago

I would be nice if they could raise a little more for him other than for his prostetics...To replace things he lost when his place was robbed...

+ Read More
Thomas Buyea
14 months ago

I sent my reply here below before reading that 3 of his prosthesis were stolen, I am sorry to hear that I can not imagine who, Even a competing runner who thinks it gives him an unfair advantage would do that, I hope he gets enough to replace them all. I have another gripe about leg amputees and that is they used to wear prosthesis that looked like a leg (not when running) And then wore long pants over it, Now most seem to wear one that looks like a pipe and wears short pants as if showing off a scar as a gang member sign of being tough. While we are at it how about ending Racial work discrimination by ending Affirmative Action ? ! Unless you think people in Minority categories are inferior and need it ? !

+ Read More
Thomas Buyea
14 months ago

I believe that if any able bodied runner in the race against a spring equipped runner protests then the spring footwear equipped runner should Not be able to be designated the winner, But only the fastest spring footwear wearing runner in the race, These spring loaded devices for amputees are too sophisticated to be considered fair to able bodied runners !

+ Read More
Renee BrownSugar Griffith
14 months ago

Im from Mississippi i have a cousin who lost there son and really need help please look it up on the site and read it

+ Read More
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