Hometown: Concord, North Carolina
My Motto: “Move forward and do not stop exploring”
In April of 2008 I was hit by a forklift. This accident resulted in me almost losing my right foot. I went through surgery to have it reconstructed. The doctors had to take a vein and a muscle from my left arm in order to accomplish this. Being a diabetic I began to have complications. So, in August 2010 I elected to have my leg amputated below the knee. Since then I’ve struggled with getting a properly fitting prosthesis and my life has started to take a downturn. In September 2013 I found Amputee Blade Runners online. Now, after being fitted with a running prosthesis, a cycling prosthesis, and a walking prosthesis I see a bright and healthy life ahead of myself. Mr. Daryl Farler is my inspiration, bravo!.
My favorite running event: Concorde 5 alarm 5K
Short Term Goal: I finished 7th in my age group with a walking leg in the Concord 5k in 2013 and I plan to win my age group in 2014!!
Best running accomplishment as an amputee: I finished my first 5K and under 40 minutes without a running prosthesis. I ran 3 miles the day I got my running prosthesis in 32 minutes without any adjustments!
Long-term goal: to run the New York Marathon in possibly the Boston Marathon. To move off of insulin for managing my diabetes by exercising consistently and having a healthy diet. I also want to live a helpful and eventful life.
Just remember your health is in your own hands.