Forrest Stump is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy organization with a mission to promote equitable access to physical activity for individuals living with disabilities.
At age 10, Nicole Ver Kuilen made the difficult decision to amputate her left leg to save her life from cancer. She would then spend the next 16 years fighting an outdated healthcare system to get access to the prosthetic technology she needed to be physically active. Running prosthetics are considered “not medically necessary” and denied by insurance. The cost of a running blade, $15,000-$25,000 per limb, made it unattainable for Nicole and her family. In 2017, Nicole had finally endured enough, which inspired her to engage in political activism and advocacy. So, she quit her job and took on a 1,500 mile triathlon – swimming, biking, and running down the Pacific Coast – to advocate and educate others on the barriers individuals like her face to living full, healthy lives. She called her journey Forrest Stump.