Danielle Burt, a second year DPT student at San Diego State University, has been volunteering with Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) for the past nine years. Danielle first encountered the CAF while she was recovering from a trans-femoral amputation in an inpatient rehab facility.
Danielle shares her story with CA Outreach Challenge:
“CAF came to talk me about continuing to be an athletic after becoming an above knee amputee. Once I left rehab, I went to as many CAF events as possible. That’s when they first started their Catch a Rising Star program for amputees returning to sport. I was automatically hooked. I realized how important it was to feel a sense of community with other’s in a similar situation as you. They also have helped me pursue all of my athletic dreams no matter how unimaginable they were at the time. Now I volunteer my time with them to assist other challenged athletes meet their goals. Long story short, they’re stuck with me.”
When asked what the best part of working with CAF Danielle explains:
“That moment on a child or an adult’s face when they realize they can do whatever they put their heart in to. Whether it’s running for the first time or just seeing another amputee out their doing their thing. I will always remember when I made those realizations and had CAF by my side. The best part now is having the ability to pay it forward.”
Overall Danielle explains that her work with CAF has had a positive and profound impact on her future PT career. “They assist challenged athletes achieve their goals everyday and that is what I aim to do in my career.”