Stephanie Decker with her son, Dominic (8), daughter, Reese (5), and husband, Joe.

Stephanie Decker is a heroic woman who used her own body to protect her young children from the destructive forces of a tornado. The Decker family lost their home and Stephanie lost part of both her legs, but she never lost her generous spirit.

Stephanie has accepted her life-altering experience as a gift. She values life more than ever, has met many inspirational and courageous people, and from a place of gratitude and humility she wants to help others. Stephanie and her husband Joe have created the Stephanie Decker Foundation at the Community Foundation of Louisville to help support Stephanie's charitable vision. 

The Stephanie Decker Foundation supports two major areas:
1) Kids with prosthetics: Stephanie and Joe love kids and sports, and they especially love kids playing sports! They want to help children with prosthetics get involved in sports and enjoy the same athletic opportunities as others.  

2) Access to leading-edge prosthetics: Stephanie has been fortunate to have access to some of the latest high-tech prosthetics available, but many more people don't have that same technology available to them. Stephanie and Joe want to help ordinary people get access to extraordinary technology to help them with their mobility. 

Contributions to the Stephanie Decker Foundation at the Community Foundation of Louisville will support programs that help children with prosthetics participate in sports, as well as organizations that help people get access to leading-edge prosthetic technology. Future distributions may also support other charitable causes and interests important to the Decker family.

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To make your gift by check:

Community Foundation of Louisville
write "Stephanie Decker Foundation" on memo line

Mail to:
Community Foundation of Louisville
325 W. Main Street, Suite 1110
Louisville, Kentucky 40202


To make a gift of stock:

Call the Community Foundation at 502.585.4649.

See more of Stephanie's Journey

Stephanie Decker on the Today's Show for Mother's Day


Stephanie Decker Starts Foundation

May 9, 2012
Hero Henryville Mom Looks Back

May 8, 2012

Stephanie on CNN, March 2012

Good Morning America, March 2012