Amputee races in 5k, overcomes adversity
Inspirational stories can be a way to better understand oneself and humanity. They can also help one realize that unlocking their own potential is possible. That's in part why the tale of Kevin Degnan is so important – it details the man's battle as he overcame an injury and finally achieved his dream, according to NBC affiliate WGRZ.
In 1986, Degnan was jogging along a road when he was struck by a car. This resulted in a serious loss of muscle mass in his left leg, and last year, doctors were forced to amputate the limb and replace it with a prosthetic.
Degnan became determined that he would fully overcome these new obstacles through rigorous training and self-discipline. He decided he would participate in the Shoes for Shelter race, a 5k stretch at Forest Lawn Cemetery in New York.
"I'm not just going for my… shall we say cardio vascular challenge but a literal, physical challenge with my leg," Degnan told the news provider before the race. "And carrying this leg with me for three miles and one tenth. And it will be done."