Tri-Cities gym-goer is surprised with a new prosthetic leg
RICHLAND, Wash. -- Some of us have good workout buddies, but a Richland woman is receiving a gift from her gym family that's bigger than she could have ever imagined.
Hearts were pumping, people were sweating, and Cassi Juell was thinking Saturday was just another workout at Orangetheory Fitness.
"Cassi, sorry for lying to you for the last couple months," said Orangetheory Fitness Studio Manager Monique Thoelke, as she interrupted the post-workout stretch.
Cassi's gym community had been planning this moment for months.
“Oh my God!” Cassi exclaimed in disbelief.
They gave her a new prosthetic leg. One that's meant for sprinting, jumping, and high activity.
“I knew this gym was awesome,” Cassi cried. “But it's overwhelming how much everybody supports you and comes together for you. And I know that they've been here, they’ve seen me on good days, they've seen me struggle with different fits.”
Cassi's family, friends, and doctors came to surprise her.
“They're there like pillars in my life,” she said. “Because they helped me cross that barrier into the life I’ve known.”
What new possibilities will this prosthetic leg bring?
“I don't know yet!” She laughed. “I'm so excited to go try it. Just to have that natural feeling of an ankle back, it's so exciting, so exciting!”
Cassi said her old prosthesis would give her sores or rub the skin off her leg, and now she said she's hopeful she'll have a better fit.
“If it's not for the workout, it's for the friendships,” she said. “Because you can't replace that. It's an awesome day.”
Orangetheory Fitness was able to raise 21-thousand dollars through workout fundraisers to give this gift to Cassi.