At 15, immediately following my sophomore football season, I had an unusual pain in my ankle that got diagnosed as a cancerous tumor. My best bet was to have my right leg amputated above the knee and go through precautionary chemotherapy.
Through my journey as a cancer survivor and amputee, I have gained a sense of confidence in who I am. After getting my first prosthetic leg I learned how to walk and eventually run. I chose to always set goals so that no matter if I succeeded or not I was always making an effort to be a better person physically, mentally and spiritually.
I rejoined my high school swim team. I became our starting varsity lacrosse goalie. I got into alpine ski racing and, at 18, I became a member of the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team. I competed in the 1998 Japan and 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Paralympics and have represented my country all over the world, becoming one of the top five disabled male ski racers in my class.
Today, I am 38 years old. I’m a school social worker who married his high school sweet heart. I continue to coach lacrosse and swim and participate in events such as the Tough Mudder. Being a disabled athlete allows me to push my personal limits and show my two daughters what their dad, a cancer survivor and amputee, can do.
Many individuals and organizations have supported me through my journey. If it was not for their support, I would not have the successes that I have had.
One event in particular, Paige’s Butterfly Run has supported me in my journey most recently. With the support from Paige’s Butterfly Run, I have been able to continue to set my goals, work hard and achieve even more success. Thank you Paige’s Butterfly Run for your support and helping me to live life to the fullest as a cancer survivor.