We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with A Step Ahead Prosthetics to bring Emma Bennett to A Step Ahead for a new prosthetic leg! Emma, who you may remember was in a viral video last month where she received a doll modified with a prosthetic leg by A Step Ahead, will be coming to New York from July 19th – 22nd to have a leg made by the team at A Step Ahead!
Amy’s One Step Ahead Foundation is excited to partner with A Step Ahead Prosthetics in the fabrication of American Girl dolls with prosthetic arms and legs for children with limb loss! While A Step Ahead Prosthetics isn’t charging for the customization, we realize that not everyone can afford an American Girl doll. That is why we are now accepting donations that will be used exclusively for purchasing new dolls! We believe these dolls are vital to supporting the well-being of girls with limb loss, and we’re so happy to be able to help provide more of them. You can make your donation right here via PayPal. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
I wanted to give you an update on my last race:
The Death Race is a race that singlehandedly can change someone’s life forever.
All of us have a story to tell and mine is minimal to what most people face daily, but, for me, the Death Race is that second chance I am SO lucky to have received. The Death Race is my full circle and The Death Race is my 1994 all over again that slaps me in the face and reminds me, once again, I have been given a second chance at life to get up, do, and be my absolute best.
After 66+ insane hours of The Death Race, at approximately 1:30am monday morning, the race was declared officially over and FINISHER skulls were awarded. I was beyond HONORED to receive a skull along with all the other AMAZING athletes that finished along with me. We accomplished something greater than ourselves! The athletes that did not finish are equally amazing because they had the fortitude to attempt such an extremely challenging event, dug deep, and gave it all that they had because they are doing what they loved.
Throughout The Death Race I watched tears of frustration, absolute pain, and a kind of joy that comes with a personal achievement words can not justify. I witnessed raw emotional that only comes from pushing your body to the redline and never backing off. We endured 110-120 miles of running in the mountains surrounding Pittsfield, Vermont while wearing a 50+ pound backpack with required gear along with what we felt we needed to survive in Vermont’s wilderness for 48 hours. There was constant pressure about completing challenges and meeting time cut offs.
Many will never understand what The Death Race is but this race is everything beautiful and ugly in the world at once, condensed and impossible to escape from. That is what makes it so special. That is the draw and the need to be a part of this. In the end, we all end up together, supporting each other to the finish!
15,000 foot elevation change
65 skulls awarded
250+ lives changed for the better
Gear List (REQUIRED):
Rope (40 Feet)
4 Yards of Buckskin
Sewing Kit (needle and thread)
Knife Compass Handsaw
One Adult Diaper
There are millions of running races, thousands of marathons, hundreds of triathlons and dozens of ultramarathons, but there is only one Spartan Death Race. Held annually since 2005 in the small town of Pittsfield, VT, the 2012 Death Race, scheduled for June 27-29, offers less than 300 competitors the chance to test their mental and physical prowess like no other event on earth. Amy Palmiero-Winters is now a veteran of the Death Race and – having lived to tell about it – is going back for more.
The hurdle and challenge-driven race requires competitors to complete a series of grueling mental and physical challenges throughout a 40-mile course that runs through the Vermont woods. During the Death Race, competitors may be asked to chop wood for two hours, carry a 20-lb stump around for hours, build a fire, cut a bushel of onions, crawl through mud under barbed wire, or after 15-hours of racing, memorize the names of the first 10 U.S. Presidents or a Bible verse, hike to the top of a mountain and recite them back in order. This year’s theme is the Year of the Explorer, so the race will be shadowing a Lewis and Clark expedition and Amy will be joined by 2013 Death Racer Allen Phillips.
Unlike other endurance races that offer a detailed map, Death Racers have no idea what to expect next as the course map and list of challenges are kept secret. This provides competitors with one of their biggest challenges as the length of the race can range from 24-48 hours. For an endurance athlete, not knowing where the light is at the end of the tunnel can be sheer torture. For an amputee like Amy, the Death Race also presents unique challenges like selecting the right prosthesis for the race and dealing with the socket becoming repeatedly filled with mud and rocks.
For more on the Death Race, visit www.youmaydie.com
Aviva was just featured on Fox 5 News for her help with kids at the Foundation! Click below to watch:
Aviva Drescher is a lot of things – wife, mother, Real Housewife of New York, One Step Ahead Foundation Spokesperson…and now she can add author to that list! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to attend her book launch party!