Because of my orthopaedic care, I can live an exciting life of snowboarding.
I am 15 years old and, at 8 months old, I had my right foot amputated and my left hand reconstructed, leaving me with three fingers and a thumb. I was born without a lower right arm.
I have recently decided to pursue a career as a professional snowboarder. I have joined up with Adaptive Action Sports, the Amputee Coalition of America, and I am now a certified member of the USA Snowboarding Association. I am very grateful to my orthopaedic and prosthetic team at Shriners hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
I have a long way to go to become a professional, but I’m willing to work hard to make the USA Men’s Snowboarding Team. I would like to thank everyone including my prosthetist Chris Burke, Van, Janet Walker, physical therapist Kyle Salsbury, and all my new friends at Adaptive Action Sports. A very special thanks goes out to Amy Purdy and Daniel Gale for allowing me the opportunity to become a pro-snowboarder.