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PARALYMPIC ATHLETES | JOSH SUNDQUIST
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READ "TOP TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BEING A TEENAGER WITH ONE LEG." BY JOSH SUNDQUIST
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Who ist this 19 year old Josh Sundquist?


Josh Sundquist used to be like any other nine-year-old. He loved to run, play soccer and hang out with his friends. But then he began experiencing pain in his left leg. The doctors discovered that he had a rare form of bone cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma, and he was given a fifty/fifty chance to live. When months of chemotherapy treatments didn't shrink the tumor, the decision was made to amputate Josh's leg at the hip.

Now nine years off treatment and cured of cancer, he continues to overcome his disability on a daily basis. He is an avid mountain biker, swimmer and runner. At the age of 16, Josh took up competitive skiing, and by his senior year of high school he had moved to Colorado to become a full time ski racer. He continues to race on the national level with the Winter Park Disabled Ski team, and he hopes to someday win a medal at the Paralympic games. More recently Josh has become involved with soccer. In the summer of 2003 he will travel to England to represent the US Amputee Soccer Team in a 4X4 tournament, and in 2004 he hopes to join the US Team at Amputee World Championships.

Josh began speaking in front of groups about his experiences at the age of ten. He has since touched the lives of thousands as he has spoken at schools, businesses, and even the National Press Club and the White House. At eighteen, he is one of the youngest people ever to be accepted as a member of the National Speaker's Association. He is also a founding member of the Youth Navigators Roundtable, a panel of America's top motivational speakers for schools and youth groups.

He has won numerous national awards for his writing in magazines, his column in the Richmond Times Dispatch and his pieces in Daily Guideposts. He has written chapters for several books including Portraits in Courage and Teens Write Through It.

Josh served a two year tenure as the National Spokesperson for the Combined Federal Campaign, and his involvement was credited with directly raising several million dollars for charities around the world. Josh has won several awards for his achievements including an honorary position on Lance Armstrong's US Postal Service Cycling Team, The Heroes Among Us award from the Virginia State Legislature and The Discovery Card Tribute award.

Josh is currently attending the College of William and Mary where he plays with the club soccer team and serves on the leadership board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

© 2003, Joshua Sundquist, All Rights Reserved

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Christina Ziegler of Germany during the Paralympic Games 2004 in Athens. Photo Steffen Berk, TALBRONSTEIN.NET - Access photos taken during sports events for amputee and wheelchair athletes for as low as EUR 5.00/set. - Click here!

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