JARRYD WALLACE

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Rio Paralympics 2016: Jarryd Wallace rediscovered life after letting go of his leg.
He wanted to run, in every sense of the word. But more so, right at that moment, he wanted to escape the diagnosis that had led doctors to sit him down and explain to him that, at age 17, he might end up losing part of his right leg. As a high school senior, a standout distance runner who had won a pair of Georgia state championships the year before, it was a notion he couldn’t fathom.
Wallace couldn’t have imagined at the time that the journey he was about to begin would culminate in his reaching heights he never would have contemplated. But this was before he got swallowed up by the pain, the drugs, the despair over what he would be losing if they took his leg and came out on the other side — 10 surgeries later — buoyed by an unshakable faith.
Within 12 weeks of his amputation, he had his first running blade and just 15 months after his amputation, he won his first major international gold and set a world record at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. He went on to win gold medals in the 100 m at the 2011 and 2015 Parapan American Games and qualified for the 2016 Paralympics. Wallace started A Leg in Faith Foundation in 2012, that gives grants to amputees 18 and over who are dedicated to becoming future U.S. Paralympians.