Lance's Journal: Paralympic Medalist, Oct. 3

The Paralympic Summer Games are the second largest sporting event in the world today.

The first Paralympic Games were held in Rome, Italy back in 1960.

A half century later, a Wilber-Clatonia teacher is a decorated Paralympic veteran.

Allison Aldrich was just 7 years old when she felt a lump on her right ankle that kept rubbing against her soccer shoes.

She had the lump removed but doctors soon discovered it was a grade 3 tumor, also know as clear cell sarcoma.

Allison had her leg amputated below the knee. That would have been a devastating blow for most of us, but Allison wasn't about to let it slow her down.

When Coach Aldrich preaches positivity to her volleyball team she knows what she's talking about.

Allison credits her mom and dad for giving her a relentless spirit of determination, "My parents were really supportive about everything and the one thing that we decided was to never let me be pitied about my leg, never let it bother me to the fact that I needed to make excuses for it."

Allison earned a spot on the United States Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team when she was just 16 years old, "It's a tough sport, but it drives me to get better at it each day and it keeps me wanting to compete all the time."

Allison helped her team bring home bronze in Athens in 2004, silver in Beijing in 2008 and recently, she and her fellow Americans captured silver in London.


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