Fredy Sincal, a Transitions workshop apprentice, recently received a fully sponsored running prosthetic from Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) as part of a campaign that provided adaptive sports equipment to 812 athletes in 26 countries. The premium-grade Ossur Flex-Run is an unavailable option for most Guatemalans with disabilities because of its daunting price tag. It is difficult to justify spending the value of an automobile on a single function prosthetic, but Fredy’s beaming smile would have argued differently.
Alex Galvéz, Transitions’ Executive Director, surprised Fredy in the workshop when the Flex-Run arrived. The shop burst into applause as Alex revealed the prosthetic and Fredy’s nervous grin turned to pure joy.
“CAF sent me a letter last month but I was afraid to get excited until it arrived,” said Fredy. “Now I’m really excited.”
The prosthetic is in Antigua but Fredy is still far from reaching his goal of completing a half marathon. The technician at Transitions agreed to donate his time though an additional $2,000 in funding must be generated to buy the necessary components and construct a mold before he can start training.