Woman gets new wheelchair thanks to fellow athletes

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A lady awaiting a brand-new wheelchair lastly got her dream thanks to some fellow professional athletes.

No matter who you are or what you do, your shoes expose part of your story.

“I mean whatever goes on your shoes goes on my wheelchair—and then my hands,” Connie Belt stated.

If her tidy white tennis shoes signify her innocence, Connie’s wheelchair represents years and miles of decision.

At a young age, Connie was partly immobilized following domestic abuse.

“My birth certificate dad came in and shot me and my mom and her boyfriend,” Connie stated.

The event happened in Kansas City. Ultimately, Lincoln became her brand-new house. And for the previous 7 years, a wheelchair moved her through marathons and competitors, along with daily life.

“I’ve had it for like seven years now, which is, I think, two years more than they’re supposed to last these days,” Connie stated.

On Sunday early morning, members of the Blade 5K non-profit of Omaha amazed Connie with the cash to buy a brand-new wheelchair. The funds were raised by individuals in the non-profit’s 2020 5K, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic that required them to stroll and work on their own.

“I’m not sure if people are aware insurance will pay for a typical prosthetic, but they won’t pay for a running blade because they feel it’s not necessary,” non-profit vice president Liz Wallace stated.

Connie’s brand-new chair will assist her much better maneuver thanks to its moving parts. However she still has a lot to thank her previous chair.

After pacing 26 miles for numerous hours, Connie completed in the Kansas City marathon. She went by the really location she was contended years back.

“I wanted to take back that spot,” Connie stated. “And that’s what I did.”

After a life time of injury, a brand-new start is available in the type of a fresh vehicle.

Members of the Blade 5K wish to assist more professional athletes like Connie.

If you understand somebody with a story, call the Blade 5K here.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.