Maureen Manley is a world-class cyclist. She is a former member of the U.S. Cycling Team, where she won a National Championship. Manley also set a national record and won numerous medals at both international and national racing events.
At the peak of her career, Maureen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and gave up her dream of being a world champion.
Now years later, she is back on her bike and a creative force for herself and others. Maureen leads the battle to build resilience, cultivate courage, and triumph over adversity.
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Jesse Fay has faced life-threatening illnesses twice in his life. When he was only 3, he was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. After an aggressive treatment regime, including a bone marrow transplant, Jesse kicked cancer. Again when he was a teenager, he began to experience problems with his kidneys and discovered that he had Polycystic Kidney Disease. The condition escalated until Jesse needed a transplant. His dad, Joe Fay, turned out to be the ideal donor. In this episode of A Leg Up On Life, father and son share their story of faith and recovery.
Angie Heuser has been an above-the-knee amputee since 2018. She injured her knee during a taekwondo belt promotion test. What seemed to be a routine MCL tear led to numerous surgeries and crippling pain. Her knee refused to heal, and after years of medical procedures, Angie realized that her life had become severely impaired by her limitations. She chose to have the leg amputated so that she could regain mobility and reclaim her life. Angie is the host of Be-You-Tiful Adaptive Warrior podcast, where she inspires, educates, and empowers others to live powerful lives as warriors.
Chris Waddell is one of the fastest mono-skiers of all time, and he impacted his sport profoundly. Chris won 13 Paralympic medals in both the summer and winter events. He is a member of the Paralympic Hall of Fame and the US Ski and Snow Bard Hall of Fame. His many accomplishments include climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and being one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People."
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When Alvin Law looks in the mirror, he sees a fully competent and confident man, but he doesn't see any arms. Alvin's list of accomplishments is impressive and includes being a member of the Canadian Speaker's Hall of Fame, accomplished musician, and author. Alvin believes that the best thing that ever happened to him was being born without arms. In this episode of A Leg Up On Life, Alvin shares his no-nonsense philosophy of life and those beliefs that have shaped his success.
Watch the 2016 Rio Paralympics Trailer Here
Jessi Machnik is an equestrian who specializes in show jumping. She began riding horses as a young child, and it has been her passion ever since. A few years ago, Jessi lost her leg below the knee due to severe car wreck injuries. She has resumed riding and jumping and believes that show jumping will become an event in the Paralympics one day. Jessi's daily choices to move forward and pursue her dreams will inspire you.
Dave Rotter, owner of David Rotter Prosthetics in Joliet, Illinois, is a world-class prosthetist and builds limbs for many Paralympic athletes who travel far and wide to benefit from his services. In this episode, Dave shares how he became a prosthetist. He also talks about his philosophy of enhancing his clients' lives by matching the best device to their lifestyle. Recently David Rotter and his team built a new leg for our host, Roni Sasaki.
Here is the link to the Range of Motion Project
See the short video of Roni's new leg.
Tony Drees is a powerhouse of positivity. He is a Desert Storm Purple Heart Amputee. Tony miraculously survived a scud missile attack, but his right leg was severely damaged. He endured over 70 surgeries to save his leg, and finally, in 2018, the leg was amputated at the hip. Tony is an advocate for veterans and an ambassador for diversity and inclusion. He lives by his mantra, "No lies. No Excuses. Never Quit."
Check out Tony's website here!
Michael Belew is a young man with a vision. While taking a much-deserved break from intense military training, he dove into a wave and broke his neck. Now he only has sensation from his chest upward and partial feeling in his arms. His accident was only six months ago, and his positive attitude and competitive determination have put him on a new training path to heal and recover.
Bill Mayo battled a cancerous tumor in his right thigh (named Stanley by his grandchildren) for eight years. When cancer reappeared for the third time, he decided to have his leg amputated to get rid of it once and for all. In this episode of A Leg Up On Life, Bill shares his story, faith in God, and his life philosophy. He is the author of numerous books, including Howard, Stanley, & Me.