Guest Writer – Tara Burke (401 Only Brand Ambassador)
Kind, athletic, smart, these are just a few of the many words that could be used to describe Noelle Lambert. I have known Noelle since a very early age, and have grown to have a very good friendship with her. Throughout high school, Noelle was a three-sport athlete, playing soccer, basketball and lacrosse, contributing greatly to each team she played for. Noelle and I grew up playing basketball together, but everyone knew that lacrosse was her real calling. Noelle was recruited by different division 1 colleges and ended up going to the University of Massachusetts Lowell. As a freshman, Noelle started in all of the 17 games that were played and was one of two players on the team that scored 15 goals throughout the season. In April she was named America East Rookie of the Week and then later named onto the America East All-Rookie Team. Her athletic statistics throughout her young adult life are admirable, but Noelle as a person is so much more than these accomplishments. This past summer would bring upon a challenge that neither Noelle nor her family could ever have imagined.
On July 30th, Noelle and her friend Kelly got into a moped accident on Martha’s Vineyard causing Kelly to be badly injured and Noelle to get a leg amputation above the knee. When I received the call about Noelle I was at work and I instantly became sick at the idea of this being reality. Looking back on all of Noelle’s accomplishments and her love for lacrosse, it hurt to imagine a future where she could possibly not be able to do what she loved, play. Noelle is without a doubt the strongest person I have ever known, and this accident truly showed to everyone how tough she really is.
When I first visited Noelle she was in the ICU sleeping, but quickly woke up with a smile on her face. She had the most positive attitude and had no problem talking about the accident. As human beings, we try to imagine what we would do if we were in that situation, and a lot of people would not have the strength or courage to bounce back like Noelle did. She flew through recovery, then rehab, all while talking excitably about getting back onto the field. It was the most inspirational story to witness, especially due to the fact that I am an athlete as well and could not imagine questioning whether or not I would ever play the sport I love again.
When I returned to Salve, I immediately told my coach and my fellow teammates about Noelle’s story. It was decided without question that we, as a team, were going to participate in the mansion run 5k in Newport to raise money for Noelle’s personal gofundme. The money donated to Noelle’s gofundme will be used to supply her with a prosthetic leg that in turn, will aid her to achieve her dream of getting back onto the field. As an athlete here at Salve, I am so grateful to be a part of a team with such caring people that are all willing to come together and do something amazing for someone such as Noelle.
Please contact us if you wish to sponsor one of the Salve Women’s Basketball Players in the mansion run 5k held right here in Newport, RI on October 22nd. All proceeds go to Noelle Lambert and her gofundme page on behalf of the Salve Regina Women’s basketball team. With each donation, Noelle will be one step closer to getting back onto the field.