Brothers running for Boston victims
PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- Three brothers, including one who lost his arms and legs, are dedicating themselves to an inspirational million dollar mission to aid the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Mikey Stolzenberg was just eight years old when a bug bite would change his life forever. Soil entered the bug bite and caused a disease called Chromobacterium violaceum, a bacterial infection that spread throughout the young boy's body.
Doctors were able to save Stolzenberg at the risk of him becoming a quadruple amputee.
The now 13-year-old is able to run and is a star lacrosse player at Fort Lauderdale's Pine Crest School.
"Michael, from day one, he never let this define him," Laura Stolzenberg, Mikey's mother, said. "'Michael's amazing.' Those are the comments I get every day, and I just love him. So proud of him."
Mikey, along with his two older brothers, created the website Mikey's Run (www.mikeysrun.com) to raise money for Boston Marathon victims.
Several people began to notice, even Oprah Winfrey. "The world needs people like Michael Stolzenberg." Oprah Winfrey said at the Harvard University commencement speech.
Winfrey followed up her speech with a phone call to Mikey. "She first asked how much money we raised so far," Stolzenberg said. "I said '$100,00.' She said that she would double it and make it 200."
Mikey's Run's goal is to raise one million dollars by next year's Boston Marathon. Their first event is a Fun Run scheduled for July 27 at Pine Crest School.
"Watching Michael smile every day, as a mom, that's all you want ... your kids to be happy." said Laura Stolzenberg.
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