A Leg Forever Foundation
PLEASE NOTE THAT A LEG FOREVER IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THEIR 128TH BOSTON MARATHON TEAM.
A LEG FOREVER CHARITBLE FOUNDATION is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)(3) public charity based out of Stoneham, Massachusetts. Our mission is to “pay it forward” by assisting amputees from Massachusetts who have lost limbs under tragic circumstances.
A Leg Forever Charitable Foundation was established in 2014 by Elizabeth (Liz) Norden, Mother of JP and Paul Norden, who each lost a leg on April 15, 2013 in the 2nd explosion of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“This foundation was a way for my family and I to honor my sons and a way for us to give back to others just as we were helped when we needed it most from people all over the world.”
The Boston Marathon bombings changed the lives of many families that horrific day; 269 people were injured, 16 lost limbs and 3 lost their lives. JP and Paul Norden each lost their right legs in the 2nd explosion.
The Nordens’ situation although horrific was also blessed with a tremendous amount of love, prayer and support from caring people from all over the world! Amputees from near and far came forward to show their support and share stories of hope and encouragement.
The One Fund and public donations allowed the Norden Brothers to afford the best prosthetic limbs available to which they are forever grateful. Liz Norden and her family wanted to pay it forward by helping other amputees in need through fundraising efforts of A Leg Forever Charitable Foundation.
2024 BOSTON MARATHON: DEDICATION. COURAGE. PASSION.
The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. Our Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its’ traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race.
On April 15, 2013, our lives changed forever and as a result of this tragedy, A Leg Forever Charitable Foundation came to life. The Boston Marathon has now become one of the backbone fundraisers of our foundations existence! The one day of the year that will forever be etched in our minds now helps to support our mission allowing us the fundraising opportunity to assist amputees.
A.L.F. Teammates who have run the Boston Marathon over the years have dedicated their hearts, minds and legs raising funds to help amputees. We have met so many amazing people along this journey and are so very grateful for the continued support they provide to our charity year after year.
To date, A Leg Forever Charitable Foundation has assisted 65+ Amputees with funding towards a variety of needs such as bedside care, insurance co-payments (prices vary depending on the insurance), water-legs, specialized equipment and prosthetic limbs.
Many are unaware that numerous prosthetics are needed throughout an amputee’s lifetime and the costs can vary from $15K to $140K all depending on the make, model and style. Health Insurance also varies among amputees and may only pay a portion of the cost involved. Many amputees are not prepared for the long term out-of-pocket expenses that may arise and sadly may go without; the stories go on and on.
The Boston Marathon is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year for us and we are so very grateful to be among the many charities as members of the Bank of America Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. We look forward to the upcoming 2024 Boston Marathon and all the excitement it brings to Boston!
Come run with us! Come run for us! Come run with love and help us make a difference in the lives of amputees!
A Leg Forever is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501c3 public charity. All donations are tax-deductible. To learn more please visit our website www.alegforever.com and follow us on Facebook!