Running Blade to be presented in Brattleboro, VT to David Hiler, co-founder of Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
Vermont Business Magazine The Born to Run Foundation will present its 10th prosthesis donation, a running blade, to amputee David Hiler of Brattleboro, Vermont, on Thursday, November 5, at 3:00pm at the outdoor waterfront Bier Garten at Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro. At the event, Hiler and The Born to Run Foundation will announce the creation of a special-label craft brew, RUN, that will support the Foundation’s mission of providing athletic prostheses to amputees to help them lead active lives.
David Hiler, 55, of Brattleboro, VT, an avid marathon runner and snowboarder, lost his left leg above the knee in January 2020 due to a malignant sarcoma isolated to his knee. He made the decision to amputate, which he says was the best solution for him if he wanted to continue to live an active and athletic life. Hiler, co-founder of Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery, wanted to do something to give back to the amputee community. While being fitted for his prosthesis at Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, Inc. in Manchester, NH, he met Noelle Lambert who introduced him to the Foundation. David came up with the idea to have the Whetstone Brewery create a special craft beer to support The Born to Run Foundation.
(Photo from left to right: Femita Ayanbeku, Noelle Lambert, David Hiler on a recent visit to Whetstone Brewery, courtesy of The Born to Run Foundation)
The new RUN brew, named after The Born To Run Foundation, is a Blood Orange Gose: a tart, thirst quenching ale made with sea salt and coriander, blended with the refreshing juice of blood oranges to make for a low ABV craft beer that can be crushed after a long run. The new brew will be available throughout Vermont and at the Whetstone Brewery in early 2021. Noelle and foundation board member Femita Ayanbeku (shown in the photo) recently visited David at Whetstone Brewery when the process began to develop the new signature B2R brew.
The Born to Run Foundation was founded by Noelle Lambert, 23 of Manchester, NH, who lost her leg in a moped accident on Martha’s Vineyard in 2016. She is a former Division 1 college athlete who played lacrosse at the UMass Lowell and established the foundation to help amputees obtain specialized athletic prosthetic devices so that they can live fulfilling lives. Recently, Noelle was named as one of 10 honorees in the L’Oreal Women of Worth awards where she was chosen from thousands of nominations for the impact she and The Born to Run Foundation have made.
Also, Noelle is a member of the U.S. Paralympic team and is currently training for the 2021 Paralympics in Tokyo in the 100-meter race in Track and Field. On November 13, 2019, Noelle set a new U.S. record at the World Paralympic Championship games in Dubai running the 100-meter in 16.31 seconds.
WHO: Noelle Lambert, Founder, The Born to Run Foundation
David Hiler, Prosthesis Recipient
Jason Lalla, Certified Prosthetist, Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, Inc.
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 5 (MOVED FROM Friday, October 30, 2020)
3:00pm Formal presentation
2:30pm Photo Op with David and Noelle running together on the bride
WHERE: Whetstone Station Restaurant
36 Bridge Street
NOTE: There will be a brief speaking program prior to the presentation of the running blade, followed by a reception and beer tasting. Prior to the formal presentation/speaking program, at 2:30pm, Noelle and David will also participate in a short run on the bridge that spans the Connecticut River, located in front of the restaurant.
About The Born to Run Foundation
The Born to Run Foundation was established to help young amputees obtain specialized prosthetic devices so that they can live fulfilling lives. Founder Noelle Lambert of Manchester, New Hampshire, created the foundation after she lost a leg in a moped accident in 2016. As an athlete herself and former Division 1 college lacrosse player at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Noelle wanted to ensure that young amputees who cannot afford costly athletic prosthetics have the opportunity to have an active lifestyle.