Challenge: Below Knee Amputee
Sports: Yoga, Triathlon, Mountain Climbing
Bio: Tara was driving on the freeway to her San Diego home in 2005 when she was involved in a minor car accident. As Tara pulled over and got out of the car to assess damages, she was struck by another vehicle going 72mph. She was catapulted across two lanes. How she survived is a mystery to many, including Tara.
Tara was in a coma for 10 days. A metal rod was inserted into her right leg and her left leg was amputated below the knee. More seriously, Tara’s neck was nearly severed from the spine.
Tara has made an incredible recovery since her accident, thanks in large part to her network of support. The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) helped Tara discover her inner athlete; running marathons, competing in triathlons, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and becoming a dedicated yogi. This past year, she summited the highest peak in the U.S.; Mt. Whitney. Recently, Tara ran up the Empire State Building and prepared by squeezing in as many stair climbs and inclines as possible into her daily workouts.
Listen to an interview with her and Bob Babbitt for Babbittville radio: https://babbittville.com/tara-butcher/
Watch Tara’s video being interviewed by Gwenyth Paltrow for AOL: