The Born to Run Foundation Makes its 10th Prosthesis Donation

November 10, 2020

The Born to Run Foundation Makes its 10th Prosthesis Donation

Running Blade presented in Brattleboro, VT to David Hiler, co-founder of Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery


(Photo of Noelle Lambert and David Hiler at the Whetstone Station Restaurant
Courtesy of The Born to Run Foundation)


The Born to Run Foundation made its 10th prosthesis donation, a running blade, to amputee David Hiler of Brattleboro, Vermont, at the outdoor waterfront Bier Garten at Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro on Thursday, November 5. At the event, Hiler also announced the creation of a special-label craft brew, RUN, that will support the Foundation’s mission of providing specialized athletic prostheses to amputees to help them lead active lives.

“We are very excited to make our 10th prosthesis donation to David Hiler,” said Noelle Lambert, Founder of The Bord To Run Foundation. “Donating these prostheses is like adding someone to a family and creating a new bond with each other. We are excited to give David his new running blade so he can beat me in a long-distance race.”

“When I made the decision to have my leg amputated, not being able to run was a big issue for me, let alone the physical aspect of losing my leg,” said David Hiler. “Receiving the running blade from The Born to Run Foundation and being able to get back on the road running again is crucial to me.”

Hiler, 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 Lambert who introduced him to the Foundation.  He came up with the idea to have the Whetstone Brewery create a special craft beer to support The Born to Run Foundation.

The new “RUN” brew  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 “RUN” brew will be available throughout Vermont and at the Whetstone Brewery in early 2021.

“I am honored and humbled by this running blade donation, so I wanted to think of a way to say thank you and give back,” said Hiler. “My partners and I decided to come up with a special craft beer on behalf of and to benefit The Born to Run Foundation.”

“We are excited to have the opportunity to create a partnership with David and the Whetstone Brewery with the release of this new beer,” said Lambert.

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 Paris Women of Worth awards where she was chosen from thousands of nominations for the impact she and The Born to Run Foundation have made.  The Foundation could receive $25,000 if Noelle receives the most votes to become the National “Women of Worth” honoree. People can vote daily through November 27th here:

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.


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.


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