Foundation Started by UML’s Lambert Presents Prosthetic Leg to Three-year-old
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The Born to Run Foundation, founded by UMass Lowell lacrosse player Noelle Lambert, made its first prosthetic donation to 3-year-old Isaak Depelteau of Amherst, N.H., earlier this week.
Depelteau was presented with a new prosthetic running leg at Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics in Manchester. He was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis which led to the amputation of his lower left leg.
Lambert, a UML senior athlete who lost her left leg in a moped accident on Martha’s Vineyard in 2016, established the Born to Run Foundation to help young amputees obtain specialized prosthetic devices so that they can live fulfilling lives.
“As an athlete who has lost a limb, I know how important it is to be able to achieve my dreams and I want to provide the same opportunities for other young amputees,” said Lambert, the subject of a Sun profile last year. “Today’s first prosthetic donation to Isaak means so much to me and to everyone who has helped me with the foundation as we try to ease the financial burden for young amputees and their families.”
The cost of an athletic prosthetic can range up to $100,000 and they need to be replaced every three to five years as they sustain wear and tear and as amputees get older and require new sizes. Health insurance rarely covers athletic prosthetics, which is why Lambert established the Born to Run Foundation.
Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics is where Lambert worked with specialist Jason Lalla for her prosthetic leg. Lalla also fit Isaak with his new running prosthesis.
Depelteau’s mother, Sarah, said her family is grateful for what the Born to Run Foundation and Next Step have done for her son. “This is a gift that we will be forever grateful for. Noelle is a source of inspiration to us and we couldn’t be happier.” Isaak’s father Derek and sister Faith also attended the press conference.
The Born to Run Foundation will be the recipient of the Boston Bruins Foundation 50/50 raffle at the Dec. 27 home game vs. the New Jersey Devils. The public can help by purchasing raffle tickets online starting Dec. 22. For more information go to www.nhl.com/bruins .