Bill Kanouff runs 5K after loosing leg in motorcycle accident.
It was just after 10pm on the night of November 11, 2011 when the late model Dodge pulled into the path of Bill Kanouff’s motorcycle. Kanouff was on his way to his home in South Tampa when the car made a sudden turn and crashed in to him, practically shredding his right leg below the knee.
Kanouff was transferred to Tampa General Hospital’s Trauma Unit. There, doctor’s discovered that Kanouff also had a cracked sternum, broken ribs that punctured both his lungs, fractures in both arms and broken bones in his left foot. After three days filled with multiple surgeries, doctors were able to repair most of his injuries, but his right leg had to be amputated from the knee down.
Getting back up after a motorcycle accident!
As a business owner and community volunteer, Bill Kanouff has always been at the forefront of change in Tampa Bay’s march forward. Now, Kanouff was facing the biggest challenge of his life. He literally had to learn to walk again.
A month and a half after his release from the hospital, Kanouff visited West Coast Brace & Limb. There, he met Mike Bertalan, certified Prosthetist and Orthotist, who has since built all of Kanouff’s prosthetic legs.
Early in February 2013, Bill received his newest prosthetic, a running leg. The carbon fiber C-shaped foot was donated by Freedom Innovations, a company that designs and manufactures prosthetic devices. The socket and metal piece that make up the leg were donated by West Coast Brace & Limb.
Kanouff used his new prosthetic leg to run in the I Will Inspire 5k/1-Mile Fun Run on February 16 at Telecom Park.
I Will Inspire 5k/1-Mile Fun Run
Even before the motorcycle accident, Bill was an avid runner and passionate community activist. When he heard about the run through an amputee support group he knew he had to sign-up. The event, hosted by GFWC New Tampa Junior Women’s Club, was started last year and drew nearly 500 participants. Race Co-Director, Mandy Manno, hoped for an even bigger event this year and expected 20 to 25 West Coast patients and their friends and families to participate. “Our mission is to inspire athletes of all abilities to embark on a journey of self- achievement,” she said.