Young Colorado Boy Given Chance At Sports With New Prosthetic Leg – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – Clayton Simon is a 6-year-old kid who likes to play baseball, sled hockey, soccer and racing with his sibling. He does all this regardless of being born with a genetic condition that caused the loss of his leg above his ideal knee at birth.
All that altered on Saturday afternoon as Clayton was provided an unique running prosthetic leg through a grant from the Challenged Athletes Structure.
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“We’re so excited for Clay,” stated his daddy, Steve Simon. “I might have gotten a little emotional seeing it and just super excited just knowing what was ahead on him now.”
Clayton’s moms and dads were delighted to see their boy in a running leg for another factor, as the prosthetic is pricey.
“A normal walking prosthetic is covered by insurance, but a running prosthetic is considered a luxury item. So, those things are covered by insurance and can cost up to $15,000 or $20,000 per foot,” stated Lauren Ram, Programs Organizer at the Challenged Athletes structure.
Clayton was provided the running leg at the Ossur and Challenged Athletes Structure running and movement center at the University of Denver. More than 40 amputees took part in the occasion, consisting of Group U.S.A.’s para-triathletes Jamie Brown and Eric McElvenny. Brown offered Clayton numerous suggestions on how to utilize the brand-new running leg.
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“I told him to use his leg. Like, he had to activate that prosthetic,” Brown stated. “It’s just the way that he has to walk with his walking leg. So, the second he has this spring on, the spring is now going to propel him forward, so he has to make sure he gets that spring up front.”
Brown and McElvenny will represent the United States at the Paralympic Games being held Aug. 24 through Sept. 5 in Tokyo, Japan. They want to see Clayton strolling in their steps.
“I hope Clayton stays active, healthy, in whatever activities he ends up pursuing and if that’s the Olympics, that’s the cherry on top,” Brown stated.
Prior to Clayton can attain his Olympic dreams, he initially needed to surpass his huge sibling.
“We got backyard soccer, and he’s going to be able to keep up with his little sister now,” Simon stated.
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The Challenged Athletes Structure Grant is open for brand-new applications on Sept. 1.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.