Philharmonic cellist hit by truck seeks funds for prosthetics

Many artists go to funding websites such as Kickstarter to raise money to make albums, films or put on shows. Lexington Philharmonic cellist Lisa M. Schaeffer has launched a campaign for prosthetic legs after a tragic accident in November.

Lexington Philharmonic cellist Lisa M. Schaeffer. Photo via

Lexington Philharmonic cellist Lisa M. Schaeffer. Photo via

Schaeffer, an active hiker and bicyclist, was riding her bike on Winchester Road on Nov. 6 when she was run over by a semi tanker truck and pinned under its wheels for 25 minutes. According to the information on her GoFundMe page, Schaeffer endured 10 surgeries in an attempt to save her right leg, which was technically achieved. But with her mobility severely limited and constant, “horrific” pain, she elected to have the leg amputated below the knee in May.

On the advice of her attorney, Schaeffer has declined to speak to the media about her situation until litigation pertaining to the accident is complete. She did say via email that while she just lost the right leg, several prosthetics are needed for different situations and insurance falls far short of covering all costs. The $500,000 campaign, she said, is only for prosthetic legs.


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