Amanda Boxtel, Bridging Bionics honored at CNN event in New York
December 10, 2018
Amanda Boxtel was honored Sunday night as part of the CNN Heroes event in New York City and was able to spread the word on a larger stage of the work the Basalt-based Bridging Bionics Foundation has accomplished.
Boxtel received $10,000 and was one of 10 finalists for the Hero of the Year award and an additional $100,000, and while she did not win that award, she did talk of the great things Bridging Bionics has accomplished in barely three years since she started the foundation.
"I choose to stand in the quantum realm of possibility and hope," Boxtel told the crowd, which a few minutes earlier gave her a standing ovation as she walked onto the stage with a bionic exoskeleton. "It is our human right to have access to technologies and healing therapies to improve quality of life."
Boxtel, a well-known Aspen local who was paralyzed in a ski accident at Snowmass Ski Area in 1992, established the nonprofit in October 2015. She spoke briefly at Sunday's ceremony, which was held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. A video of the organization also was shown.
"I envision making advanced technologies accessible and affordable to every person with a neurological condition," she said Sunday night.
She encouraged the crowd and those watching to be "a vessel of kindness and love. I invite you to walk with us so we can keep giving the gift of mobility to improve the lives of others and bring healing to our worlds."
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In addition to the $10,000 cash award, each of the 10 nominees will receive organization training from the Annenberg Foundation, which among other ventures helps the development of nonprofit groups.
CNN and sponsor Subaru also are matching donations to each of the nonprofits up to $50,000 through Jan. 2, the network said. (Go to CNNHeroes.com for more information.)
The winner of the Hero of the Year award was Dr. Ricardo Pun-Chong, who works in Peru to give free housing and food to support sick children and their families during treatment.