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Called back

By: Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor

It happened again. Less than two weeks after senior attacker Andi Raymond’s game-winning goal against Hofstra was called back in overtime, a similar scenario played out on Towson’s Senior Day on Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

In a 10-10 game with three seconds remaining, Raymond fired a shot past Johns Hopkins goalie KC Emerson for what Towson thought was the game-winning goal. However, a shooting space call on Johns Hopkins negated the goal and the game went to overtime.

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Running with a Purpose (Part Three): A letter from Michelle

By: Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor

Caitlin Adams, a member of Towson’s cross country team, is preparing to run 305 miles across the state of Maryland. She’s running to raise money for Limbs for Life, an organization that provides prosthetics to those in need.  She is fundraising for the run via her website, www.runacrossmaryland.com. This is the second installment of a series on Caitlin’s preparation for the run, which begins May 23. For the first installment, click here, and find the second part here

Caitlin Adam’s fundraising efforts were just starting in February, but she was already aiming high. She decided to write to the first lady, Michelle Obama.

She told her about the run. She told her about Limbs for Life and the lives that it helped.

A little over a month later, Caitlin got a response. She got an email March 12 letting her know a letter would be coming from Ms. Obama.

“I cried of happiness,” she said. “I thought, the first lady is writing me back. She’s going to help me get it out there nationally. It’s going to be huge. People are going to donate like crazy. People are going to get their legs back.”

Caitlin was on spring break in South Carolina when the letter arrived in the mail at home. Her mother, Gina, couldn’t wait to open, so Caitlin gave her the OK.

When her mother called to tell her what the letter said, Caitlin could sense something was off.

“She read it to me and her voice, you could hear that she kind of got disappointed-sounded,” Caitlin said. “I know she was trying to fight it because she was trying to be excited for me and didn’t want me to be disappointed.”

Obama praised Caitlin for what she was doing, but stopped short of offering physical help or money. It wasn’t enough, Caitlin said.

“It wasn’t what I was hoping at all,” she said, sporting a reluctant smile. “I have to be grateful and stay positive. I’m happy that she wrote me back, that’s awesome. Not many people get a letter from Michelle Obama. I don’t mean to sound upset about it, but I think that more can be done so I’m going to fight until more is done.”

To those around Caitlin, her reaction comes as no surprise.

Caitlin’s mom began to notice her daughter’s drive as early as in fifth grade. Caitlin made purses for fun and brought them to school to show her friends.

“She took them to school an everybody wanted one, so she started making purses and selling them,” Gina said. “I thought that was a little out of the norm for a 10-year-old. I think that’s when I first noticed [her drive].”

This determination carried over into middle and high school, where her desire to run faster kept her going.

“I was with her at practice every day and just seeing her push herself all the time, constantly, even when it hurts really bad,” Addie Grayson, her high school teammate, said. “She worked so hard all the time. Everybody has those days where you’re like ‘Oh, not today” but she never did. She always worked for it.”

That hard work led Caitlin to joining Towson’s cross country team in the fall of 2014. However, her times did not improve like she thought they might while competing in the fall season.

It was a difficult few weeks for Caitlin, so she decided to make a change.

“I felt like I lost my purpose because I was just going through the motions, doing what they told me to do, knowing that I wasn’t going to get better with that,” she said. “So I was like ‘I’m going to coach myself and I’m going to do this.’ I’m running for something else again. I running for something I believe in.”

She left the cross country team and began planning the run across Maryland. It was another change, but one she felt was necessary.

Her teammates saw her frustration, but some knew she’d still be successful without cross country.

“I knew she was going to do something big when she left the team. It didn’t surprise me much,” junior cross country runner Kelsey Kollar said. “She’s very focused. She’s very determined to do it. … I know she has it.”

“It” could be what drove Caitlin to sell purses in elementary, cut her mile time in half and write to Michelle Obama and still not be satisfied.

“It” could be why she will write the first lady again. She said didn’t want just the letter, she wanted action.

“I’m content, but I want more.”

 

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Running with a purpose (Part Two): The history of Limbs for Life

By: Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor

Caitlin Adams, a member of Towson’s cross country team, is preparing to run 305 miles across the state of Maryland. She’s running to raise money for Limbs for Life, an organization that provides prosthetics to those in need.  She is fundraising for the run via her website, www.runacrossmaryland.com. This is the second installment of a series on Caitlin’s preparation for the run, which begins May 23. For the first installment, click here

Lester Sabolich began his own prosthetic clinic in Oklahoma City in 1947. He just wanted to influence the lives of others.

He had no clue how he’d change prosthetics and how his last name would become as important as any in the field.

Lester’s son, John Sabolich, watched as his father designed prostheses for those in need and was inspired. It didn’t take long for John to want to join in his father’s business.

After attending New York University and becoming a certified prosthetist-orthotist, John made it his mission to build the family business. He work alongside his father until he retired, then took over the business in the 1980s.

However, John wasn’t satisfied. He couldn’t stand to turn away patients in need of prosthetics that didn’t have health insurance to pay for them.

His son, Scott Sabolich, grew up watching these patients walk out of the clinic.

“When I saw people coming to dad that had no health insurance coverage, I saw the pain in his eyes when he had to turn someone away,” Scott said. “It was a big thing for me to see dad find another way to get someone help when the world is telling you there is no help available.”

John began the American Amputee Foundation with his own money, trying to find another way. He wanted to use donation money to help his patients that had little or no health insurance.

In 1995, John turned the AAF into Limbs for Life, another non-profit based solely on donations. That same year, Scott got his certification. He wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.

“Everyone has a hero when they grow up,” Scott said. “You ask some little kid what he wants to do. Maybe he wants to be a fireman or a fighter pilot … I idolize my father for what he did in the field and what he did for people. It was the coolest thing in the world to see him take someone that was disabled and make them enabled.”

Limbs for Life, from its beginning, worked with local prosthetic clinics to lower the price of prostheses for patients. These prostheses cost upwards of $10,000, and Limbs for Life brought the price down to $2,500 for a below-knee limb and $3,500 for an above-knee limb.

Scott established his own prosthetic business in Oklahoma City in 1999. It worked in the community and alongside Limbs for Life to provide cheap options for prostheses.

Since then, John and Scott have worked to help as many patients as possible. Scott even made prostheses, including 10 last year, for free just to assist a few more people.

“I have to sleep at night,” Scott said. “I think God put us here for a purpose to give witness to others. To help other people out that need help. … What are the odds of three of us being very, very talented in prosthetics? That’s pretty odd. We’re certainly here for a reason and this is sort of what pops right out as our mission.”

Limbs for Life, a non-profit from Oklahoma, has now served patients from 31 different states and six countries. It’s something that Limbs for Life Director of Development Shelley Dutton attributes to John Sabolich.

“[The organization] has grown considerably and his vision from 20 years ago has really evolved to help hundreds and hundreds of people,” Dutton said.

Today, around 3,000 amputations occur each week. The demand for prostheses is growing and Limbs for Life can only service 30-60 patients each year.

However, the stories of those of whom Limbs for Life has helped keep Scott going.

“Seeing them, showing us pictures of them walking their daughter down the aisle or seeing them playing with their grandkids at Christmas,” he said. “[These are] things that they wouldn’t be able to do had you not donated your time and effort to Limbs for Life to make it happen.”

For the Sabolich family, prosthetics is more than a science. It’s a way of life.

Weiss breaks school record, Towson takes second

By: Jordan Cope, Staff Writer

Towson finished second in the Bucknell Team Challenge on Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

The Tigers finished with a total of 98 points behind the host Bison (195) in the eight-team field.

“It was really big for us. Every point counted,” Head Coach Roger Erricker said. “It just reinforces to everyone on the team that you have to fight for every single point.” Continue reading