Though many tragic stories go unnoticed by the general public, the circumstances surrounding Heather’s amputation went around the world. This allowed her to get an unusual amount of financial support for her prosthetics.
But Heather also realized that not everyone gets the same treatment.
“Had I not been injured in such a public way where organizations, nonprofits and people had heard about me and reached out to help, I wouldn’t have had the resources that I had to be able to afford these prosthetics.”
By the end of 2014, Heather had founded the Heather Abbott Foundation which works to fund prosthetics for amputees that are held back by the prices of prosthetics.