Jenn Andrews: How a Woman with One Leg Inspired the World to Move!
This week on The Motivational Intelligence Podcast, we have a very special guest named Jennifer Andrews. Born in Englewood, NJ, she is a former corporate sales executive turned health and wellness coach. Jenn's world was turned upside down after discovering a lump on her foot while getting a pedicure, leading her to being diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called sarcoma.
The week before her surgery, she recorded a Facebook live video that unintentionally went viral, as she requested others to appreciate their mobility and to MOVE in their favorite form of exercise on her surgery date. In the video, Jenn said, “Mobility is a gift and it's something that a lot of us take for granted because it's something that we're born with,” Jenn’s video quickly went viral, so much so, that #moveforjenn was trending on several different social media platforms. This video lead to a movement. Watch the full video here!
That was just the beginning of Jenn’s impact on the world. After losing her right foot in March of 2018 and adapting to life as an active amputee, she quickly learned that activewear prosthetics were not covered by insurance. She and her husband, Miles started thinking about all of the cancer survivors who were not leading active lives because of this expense. This gap between what is “covered” as a benefit and what is left as an out of pocket expense had to be filled. Jenn and Miles made this their mission with the Move for Jenn Foundation. Their focus is to grant funds for activewear prosthetics to cancer survivors and sarcoma research.
The mission of the Move For Jenn Foundation is to offer grants to sarcoma researchers and those who have suffered the loss of a limb to sarcoma or other affiliated diseases. The foundation’s goal is to raise awareness through fundraising events, while also helping amputees afford or obtain an active-wear prosthetic, allowing them to regain strength and mobility faster, getting them back to the physical activities they enjoyed prior to amputation.
Jenn resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, two kids and three dogs. She is a two time sarcoma survivor and amputee and her story is incredibly inspiring. This is definitely an episode you don't want to miss! Listen to episode 26, “Jennifer Andrews - How a Woman With One Leg Inspired The World to Move”
Show Notes: Jenn Andrews: How a Woman with One Leg Inspired the World to Move!
3:26- Life After College
5:55- Noticing A Difference
7:40- No Sign of Cancer
8:58- The Diagnosis
11:00- Check-up Appointments
18:04- The Tumor Board
19:26- Dealing With Emotions
28:02- Lack of Outreach and then Reaching Out
35:06- The Facebook Video that Went Viral
41:14- Making a Difference
45:14- Move for Jenn Foundation
46:19- Re-learning How to Walk
49:12- Finally Walking Again
53:26- Hannah’s Positive attitude
54:58- Running a 5k
58:36- Sponsoring her own race
1:08:13- Golden Nuggets
1:11:59- Final thoughts and the takeaway
39:15- Conclusion/final thoughts