SOURCE: Who Says I Can't Foundation

Who Says I Can't Foundation

November 10, 2014 08:30 ET

Who Says I Can't Foundation to Hold Inaugural Fundraiser

Preview of New Documentary Film on Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor and Foundation Recipient Roseann Sdoia to Be Screened

FRANKLIN, MA--(Marketwired - Nov 10, 2014) - The Who Says I Can't (WSIC) Foundation, a non-profit addressing the psychological and physical impacts of having a disability, today announced it will be holding an inaugural fundraiser event that will include showing a preview of a forthcoming documentary film titled, Who Says Roseann Can't Run. The film is based on the experience of Boston Marathon bombing survivor and amputee, Roseann Sdoia. After Roseann got her prosthetic running leg, the WSIC Foundation stepped in to get her an expert coach to teach her how to run again.

The WSIC Foundation was founded to help people with disabilities reclaim their self esteem through participation in sports. The organization's founder, Jothy Rosenberg, a two-time cancer survivor and above the knee amputee, has had first-hand experience with this approach. Rosenberg used several sports to help rebuild his self-esteem after his cancer diagnosis at the age of 16. Current sports Rosenberg participates in include downhill skiing, hiking, biking, swimming and recently running with Roseann as part of her program. 

"The training that I've received through the WSIC Foundation has been extremely helpful," offered Rosann Sdoia. "It's paving the way for me to get back to the active physical lifestyle I had before April 15, 2013."

Through educational organizations, WSIC Foundation is focused on motivating and inspiring those that need to understand that they can help themselves and how to begin. The Foundation also partners with prosthetics and adaptive equipment providers for running legs, sit skis, hand cycles among others, and then steps in to offer coaching to get a disabled athlete back to thriving. Finally, the Foundation is building communications platforms to boost societal awareness and sensitivity to people with disabilities, including the documentary film about Roseann Sdoia, Rosenberg's book, Who Says I Can't as well as the Internet TV series of the same name.

"We have learned that most insurance providers cover just the restoration of a basic function like walking," continued Rosenberg. "We step in with a specialized prosthetic to help the disabled individual become a differently-abled athlete."

Fundraiser details:

  • Who:
    Who Says I Can't Foundation
  • What: 
    Inaugural Fundraiser Event and Sneak Peak at New Documentary Film
    Tickets available in advance for $40 and can be purchased at www.whosaysicant.org or $50 at the door.
  • Where: 
     Franklin Massachusetts--Elks Lodge, 1077 Pond Street
  • When: 
     Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 6:00 -10 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Who:  
    Guest speaker Roseann Sdoia - Boston Marathon bombing survivor
    Stephen McCarthy, Documentary Producer and Director
    Jothy Rosenberg, Founder

About The Who Says I Can't Foundation:
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. The Foundation helps people find, focus on, and succeed at, a high challenge activity they love. To make a donation to the foundation and/or help to fund the documentary, please go to http://whosaysicant.org/support.

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