All Athletes

DJ Vanderwerf

People call me “DJ” and I was born in Bradenton, Florida in October 1997. I had a birth defect known as fibular hemimelia, which required amputation of my left foot when I was nine months old. I got my first prosthesis when I was ten months old and started walking unassisted a few months later. Read More…

Travis Mace

Residence: Hendersonville, TN Favorite Cycling Event: the Grand Fondu 62 mile course in Sumner County Travis joined ABR in September of 2013. He lost his left leg below the knee in 2011 from an infection that had gotten into his bone in 2010. Travis’s leg was so badly infected that the bone snapped one morning as he was Read More…

Cynthia “Cyndi” Hamlin

Home State: Oregon I was born with a disease called neurofibromatosis. With this it brought many surgeries, more than I can count or even know about. When I was older they realized my left leg was shorter than my right leg. So, I was fitted with a significant lift on the left foot and a clunky Read More…

Jagmunir “Jag” Sankar

Hometown:  Concord, North Carolina Age: 56 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 Read More…

Jacob Rainey

I have been an amputee for a little over 2 years. I lost my leg in a football injury where I severed my popliteal artery and medical complications followed. From day one of my injury, my goal has been to return to the football field and play quarterback, the position that I had grown to Read More…

Les Dokkestul

I’ve been an amputee for 40 years, having lost my leg in a farm accident when I was ten years old.  Growing up and making due with legs that wouldn’t allow me to run was my biggest challenge, but I made due the best I could.  I had always played sports, and downhill skied on Read More…

Troy Cronin

My name is Troy Cronin and I am currently a junior at Northampton high school. When I was almost two years old I was infected with bacterial Meningitis. Doctors gave me a ten percent chance of surviving my first night, but with the support of many doctors and my family I survived and just a Read More…

Greg Young

Hailing from the Lone Star State, Greg Young has been the definition of an amputee athlete since having an amputation due to a traumatic accident in 2013.  Just a few weeks after his amputation, Greg returned to lifting weights 4-5 days a week and still has bigger hopes to continue to participate in a wide variety Read More…

Leah Burris

Leah is 6 years old and became a part of ABR in May of 2014. She was born with Fibular Hememilia of her left leg. Leah’s left foot was amputated when she was ten months old.      Since returning from Nashville with her running blade in May, Leah competed in and completed her first Read More…

Brian Douglas

Born without both tibias, Brian Douglass parent’s decided quickly that amputation was his best chance to live an active and full life and opted for a double amputation shortly before his first birthday.Since that time, Brian has never looked back displaying a determined spirit and participating in various athletic events whenever he has the chance.Wearing Read More…