Stolzenbergs Team Up to Help Boston Victims
Mikey Stolzenberg, the 13-year-old quadruple amputee lacrosse player profiled in the May 2012 edition of Lacrosse Magazine, wants the victims who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombings last week to know they will be OK. His brother Harris has made a personal mission of it.
In July 2008, Mikey Stolzenberg went into septic shock, spent two weeks in a medically induced coma and then 51 days in intensive care as a result of an infection that started in his abdomen. After several weeks, his limbs turned purplish black from lack of oxygen. Doctors had no choice but to amputate his hands and feet the following fall.
"First, they will be sad," Mikey Stolzenberg said of the 13 people who reportedly would lose limbs as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings, according to The Sun Sentinel. "They are losing something they will never get back, and it's scary. I was scared. But they'll be OK. They just don't know that yet."
Harris Stolzenberg, a senior at Pine Crest (Fla.) High and Lacrosse Magazine's 2012 South Region Player of the Year, enlisted the help of several future MIT classmates to launch mikeysrun.com as he prepares for his first long-distance race: the 2014 Boston Marathon. Their goal is to raise $1 million to provide prostheses and support for the victims. Prosthetic sets cost anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 and are not covered by insurance.
Here's a video from the Sun Sentinel: