We help those struck down by a disability get back to an active happy life using high challenge activities to rebuild self-esteem and THRIVE.
The Who Says I Can’t Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), charity addressing the psychological and physical impacts of having a disability by focusing on the restoration of self-esteem. Helping everyone say “Who Says I Can’t” thrive.
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We are up and running initially focused on Boston Marathon bombing victim Roseann Sdoia who lost her right leg above the knee from the blast. We provided her with a running leg because Roseann was a runner. Roseann, my film producer partner Steve McCarthy, and I also decided to document the difficult but rewarding steps she will go through to get from barely surviving to fully able to run again and all the psychological benefits that will bestow. Jothy will get a running leg and do it with her. It will be real; and it will help heal.
The Who Says I Can’t Foundation (WSICF) helps people find, focus on, and succeed at, a high challenge activity they love. Time and time again, success at sports, music, art, or other challenging activities, has proven to be the key to pulling someone, whose self esteem has been crushed by a disability, back, not just to surviving, but to thriving. As Gloria Steinem famously proclaimed, “Self esteem isn’t everything; it’s just that there is nothing without it.” Loss of self esteem leads to loss of hope and can destroy a person’s will to live. It is imperative that we, as a society, make every effort to restore self esteem to those who have suffered a disability. All we have to do is give them a chance to find the right activity and the resources to fulfill their potential.
The Who Says I Can’t Foundation will partner with and support prosthetics and adaptive equipment providers for running legs, sit skis, hand cycles and much more. Then we will provide the expert coaching to get the disabled athlete competent with their new sport. We will lead in the creation of new programs and events to include and inspire those with disabilities. Through educational organizations we will focus on motivating and inspiring those that need to understand they can help themselves and how to begin. And we will build communication platforms to boost societal awareness and sensitivity to people with disabilities and what amazing things they can accomplish which will, in turn, provide role models and motivation for everyone “able-bodied” or “differently-abled”.