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Local 8-Year-Old Challenged Athlete Receives Surprise Grant for Össur Running Leg at Nike World Headquarters

Over 50 individuals with limb loss from the Pacific Northwest region participated on Saturday, April 7th at the Nike World Headquarters for the 2nd Össur Running & Mobility Clinic presented by the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) of 2018.

Participants learned from the best, including:

For 8-year old Matthias Leonard from Corvallis, Oregon who was born missing his right leg, the day started with a surprise grant presentation of an Össur Cheetah Junior running foot. Throughout the clinic, Matthias learned to use his new running prosthesis, alongside experts Dr. Bob Gailey and Peter Harsch - world-renowned Össur coaches who specialize in lower limb amputee mobility. They taught proper gait and running techniques to all attendees through fun drills and exercises. All athletes were supported by local volunteers, including Nike employees and Össur and CAF’s Paralympian and elite mentors.

“Össur has been dedicated to developing innovative prosthetic technologies for over 40 years. As part of our commitment to the limb loss community, we partnered with CAF to create the Össur Running & Mobility clinics as a forum where they can learn to reach their true physical potential. Hundreds of people attend our Running and Mobility Clinics each year across the U.S., and we are inspired by everyone who participates, including young people like Matthias, who passionately demonstrate what it means to live a Life Without Limitations,” said Tabi King, Director of Prosthetics Marketing for Össur Americas.