Amputee Brenda Mascoll participating in fundraising walk

Brenda (#1862) braved rainy, blustery weather to walk and roll along the five-kilometre journey in less than an hour (March 14, 2010)

Black ice takes her leg, but not her drive to walk

Brenda Mascoll was standing at the roadside behind her vehicle when a driver slid on black ice, colliding into her at more than 120 km/h. After losing her right leg, she thought she would never walk again.

Today, she has new hope. For the second year in a row, Brenda, 37, walked in the Achilles Canada 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for St. John's Rehab Hospital - the hospital that rebuilt her life. She is part of a team of 67 walkers and runners supporting fellow survivors that continue to beat the odds.

In December 2005, one month after her traumatic accident, Brenda came to St. John's Rehab for specialized rehabilitation and to learn to walk with a custom-made prosthetic leg.

"Everyone at St. John's Rehab Hospital - from the clinicians, to the Sisters and fellow patients - helped me get my life back," says Brenda. "I want other survivors to benefit from their care just as much as I have."

Brenda was inspired to walk by friend and fellow St. John's Rehab patient Master Corporal Jody Mitic of the Canadian Forces. MCpl Mitic lost both his legs to a landmine while serving in Afghanistan, and ran this event in 2008 and 2009.

The 2010 St. John's Rehab 5K Team has raised more than $20,000 for specialized rehab equipment and to support the St. John's Rehab staff in continuing to provide leading care.