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Katleho’s already a champion

17-year-old Katleho Seheri feels like a champion even before she participates in the SPAR Women’s 5km Race.

StandwithStan NPC’s most recent recipient of a prosthetic leg and foot, 17-year-old Katleho Seheri, feels like a champion even before she participates in the SPAR Women’s 5km Race on Saturday August 30.

Having received her most precious gift only a week ago, and after walking with the aid of crutches since her amputation last year, Katleho is still trying to get used to walking on her own, and she is enjoying every step.

SPAR North Rand was moved to donate the funds for Katleho’s new limb, after reading the teenage girl’s tragic story. StandwithStan Public Benefit Organisation arranged for Katleho to receive her new prosthetic leg in time to join with other amputees and supporters in the StandwithStan team who will all walk five kilometres in South Africa’s most beautiful road race Saturday.

Many of the teenage girl’s classmates, teachers and friends were at Supersport Park in Centurion to cheer her on. Katleho celebrated her personal triumph over a long and debilitating illness, agonising pain, gangrene, a below-knee surgical amputation and then having to walk with the aid of crutches for so long.

According to her mother, Kgothatso, the tenacious girl was very positive and determined to complete the 5km race. She certainly look like a champion too – leading global athletic products company, New Balance, has very generously kitted her out from head to toe for the special occasion. You’re a true champion, Katleho!

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