Two years ago, Rebecca Levenberg’s life was turned upside down when a trash truck struck her as she rode her bike to work.
It was November 9, 2010.
The truck crushed Rebecca’s left leg and caused extensive internal injuries. She was rushed to Jefferson University Hospitals where the Trauma Center team sprung into action.
Her extensive injuries resulted in an above-the-knee amputation and surgery for numerous internal injuries.
“Jefferson’s amazing trauma team saved my life,” Rebecca says.
Rebecca’s journey towards recovery was just beginning. Over the next two years complications from her injuries forced repeated hospitalizations and surgeries. But for Rebecca, an avid biker and in-line skater, the loss of her leg would prove particularly challenging.
Despite the setbacks she has remained positive.
Rebecca remembers during her first hospital stay an aunt and uncle from Florida sent her a necklace inscribed with the ancient Chinese proverb: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
The quote stuck with Rebecca and she decided to walk a 1,000 miles on her prosthetic leg. On the first anniversary of her accident, Rebecca walked a mile with her team at Jefferson. She will mark the second anniversary of her accident with a two mile walk joined by students, parents and follow faculty members of the charter school where she teaches.
“We are doing mile 785,” Rebecca says. She hopes (weather permitting – it’s challenging to walk on a prosthetic leg in the ice and snow) to complete the first 1,000 miles of her journey in early January.
Each mile marker of Rebecca’s journey of recovery is a testament to her spirit and perseverance that is inspiring to everyone who she touches. Follow Rebecca on her blog “A Thousand Miles.”
In this video Rebecca talks about what she is doing on the first anniversary of her accident.