Sprinter Inspires Other Amputees
Updated: Monday, February 25 2013, 09:17 PM EST
Jerome Singleton, Jr. returned to the place that gave him hope growing up. He spoke to kids today at Shriners Children's Hospitals for Children in Greenville.
"We need to provide that example for the next generation to come up and know what's possible," says Singleton, who in 2010 earned the title of "Fastest Amputee In The World."
"We have a physical disability that the lord blessed us with. You have to look at it as a blessing," he said today, just before the speech that taps into his own experience.
He was born without a fibula in is right leg and at 18 months old, doctors amputated his foot. Singleton stayed active in sports, determined to succeed.
The Paralympic track star says your life can either be a warning or an example.
"Each day we can watch the news and see things as a warning of what we shouldn't do." he said, dedicating his life to being an example for children.
Singleton is now an athletic ambassador for BP. The company donated $7500 to the hospital in his honor. BP also gave $2500 to the Amputee Blade Runners program.
By John Le
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