Patience Beard is an Arkansas cheerleader despite prosthetic leg (Video)

Patience Beard isn’t letting her lack of a leg prevent her from living her dreams, and neither is the University of Arkansas.

Beard, a freshman, is a member of the Arkansas cheerleading team despite being an amputee. If her prosthetic didn’t have a zebra pattern, you wouldn’t notice any difference between her and the other members of the squad.

Beard participates in stunts, tumbles, and cheers like every other member of the squad. Though her ability to do all this comes as a surprise to many people, it’s not for her; she has been wearing a prosthetic leg since she was 14 months old.

Beard was born with her left leg shorter than her right leg and had it amputated when she was less than a year old. She’s hoping her participation on the cheer squad will inspire others.

“I just hope that everyone that is going through something like me, or has been, that they just know that they can do whatever they want and anything that they set their mind to they can do it,” she told KNWA in Arkansas.

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Mikey Stolzenberg is a 12-year-old lacrosse player without arms or legs (Video)

Mikey Stolzenberg is a 12-year-old boy from Florida who was born seemingly healthy and with all his limbs in tact. He remained that way until a freak infection cost him his arms and legs when he was eight years old. Stolzenberg scratched a mosquito bite when he was playing football, and that led to a bacterial infection called Chromobacterium Violaceum that left his body in septic shock two days later. An immune deficiency called Chronic Granulomatous Disease is what left him susceptible to the infection. In order to save his life, all of Stolzenberg’s limbs had to be amputated.

“I was grateful I still had Michael,” Michael’s mother Laura Stolzenberg told Lacrosse Magazine. “We had him, now we just had to rebuild him. …

“Michael embraces his difference. We told him, ‘Your hands and feet do not define who you are.'”

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Gavin Floyd Helps College Student Tim Smith Buy New Pair of Prosthetic Legs

Tim Smith is a senior at Trinity College who was born without legs.  Despite being born with a disability, Smith’s determination and perseverance have allowed him to lead a relatively normal life.  And by normal we mean above and beyond what the average person accomplishes; Tim has tackled the Andes Mountains twice among other seemingly impossible challenges.

Until Gavin Floyd and his wife Leann came along, Smith was slowed down a bit.  He was in need of new prosthetic legs because his old ones having been held together by duct tape and oil.  Despite being able to raise $10,000 toward the purchase of new legs, Tim found himself a whopping $21,000 short of the $31,000 he needed to buy a new pair — a purchase he would have to make without the help of insurance.

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Matt Stutzman Becomes Record-Setting Archer Despite Having No Arms

Matt Stutzman is known as the Inspirational Archer, but until this week, I was unfamiliar with him. Stutzman is from Mason City, Iowa, and he’s an accomplished archer despite being born without arms. He uses his feat as arms to shoot a bow and arrow. In September, he hit a shot on target from 230 yards away to set a world record. He actually believes that using his legs — which are stronger than most people’s arms — gives him an advantage. Here’s a video of Stutzman in action:

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Quadruple Amputee Kyle Maynard Will Attempt to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Most of us would never imagine attempting to climb the fourth tallest mountain in the world. The task would take an insane amount of preparation and  courage. It would be a physically and mentally exhausting experience — even if you had both your arms and legs.

According to CBS Atlanta, Kyle Maynard — a quadruple amputee who was born with a rare condition called congenital amputation — has decided he will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in January to help raise awareness for disabled children in Africa. Consistent with everything else he has done throughout his life, the 25-year-old will not use prosthetics to assist him in any way.  He will use only rubber bicycle tires to protect his limbs.  No one has ever climbed Kilimanjaro without the use of prosthetics.

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