Get Inspired by Rebecca Levenberg: “There’s Nothing I Can’t Do”


Rebecca Levenberg | Photo by Adam Jones

Old City resident Rebecca Levenberg lost her leg in a bike accident. But since learning to rollerblade, rock climb and, yes, bicycle in a prosthesis, she hasn’t looked back. This is Rebecca’s story, in her own words.

I’d been a bike commuter for about five years when, in November 2010, a garbage truck hit me. I was riding my bike to work, in the bike lane.

I always knew there were risks. But you hear about cyclists getting hit by a door or breaking their wrist—not losing their legs.

The truck crushed my left leg completely. I sustained severe internal injuries, broken ribs and a fractured pelvis. I was wearing a helmet, and I didn’t have head injuries. The doctors at Jefferson had to amputate my leg to save my life. In total, I’ve had 15 surgeries since the accident.

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Meet John Schultz, The Inspiring Runner in Marisa Magnatta’s Broad Street Photo

John Schultz at the Delaware Marathon this past Sunday // Photo by Mark DeNio

John Schultz at the Delaware Marathon on Sunday, one week after Broad Street. // Photo by Mark DeNio

An Instagram photo taken by Marisa Magnatta of WMMR’s Preston and Steve went wild on the Internet last week: a lone racer at the Broad Street Run, pacing forward long after the Philadelphia streets had quieted.

A picture says a thousand words, right?

Well, the story behind the photo is even better.

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