Healthcare Speaker Heather Abbott Pays It Forward
12 Feb 2020
Boston Marathon bombing survivor and healthcare speaker Heather Abbott recently had her philanthropic work highlighted by a WMUR segment on UMass Lowell lacrosse player Noelle Lambert. Lambert was a Division 1 athlete who lost her leg in a tragic moped accident, but remained determined to stay active and to continue with high-level athletics. Abbott, who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, quickly visited Lambert in the hospital, inspiring Lambert to say, “I kind of thought to myself, if [she] can get through that tragedy, and do so well with it, then I should be able to.”
Abbott turned her personal tragedy into a source of solidarity for all amputees, sharing her journey of adjusting to her “new normal” publicly and starting the Heather Abbott Foundation to pay it forward. The Heather Abbott Foundation helped Lambert acquire a running prosthetic and a waterproof prosthetic, separate from the standard prosthetic that insurance covers, to help Lambert reclaim her identity as an athlete. A sought-after speaker who challenges audiences to realize the endless possibilities in their own lives, Abbott is a powerful voice on overcoming adversity and maintaining optimism in hard times.