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After losing her right leg in a car crash four years ago, Brenda Mascoll was told she would never walk again.

After losing her right leg in a car crash four years ago, Brenda Mascoll was told she would never walk again.

She refused to accept this grim prognosis, however, and Mascoll made three goals for her recovery: To walk, to drive, and to wear stiletto heels again.

So far, the determined 37-year-old has achieved the first two. And to remind herself of her final milestone, Mascoll had an image of her favourite boots tattooed on her left foot — a pair of black, knee-high stilettos, purchased at a store on Weston Road.

Yesterday, Mascoll couldn’t wear her beloved stilettos, but she was more than content to slip on some white sneakers for the Achilles Canada 5K Run/Walk, in which she was participating for the second year. Achilles Canada is a non-profit organization that gives people with disabilities a chance to enjoy the physical, psychological and communal benefits of running.

Mascoll had hoped to walk the entire 5-kilometre stretch, but the day’s wet, blustery weather made it too painful to wear her prosthetic. So she crossed the finish line in her wheelchair, with her friends, family and onlookers cheering her on.

 
 
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