FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Jack DeLeuw joined the USA Military in 2012 when he was simply 18 years outdated. When he was 26, he was concerned in a motorbike accident that shattered his T7 vertebrae and left him paralyzed beneath the sternum.
Jack credit his dad, Thom DeLeuw, with serving to him cope and modify to his new life after the accident. “My father moved in with me, helped me out loads with every thing; with transportation, with adapting my home, adapting my life-style to how I can nonetheless do issues,” Jack explains.
His dad’s presence was essential in serving to him learn to return to the issues he as soon as cherished, similar to biking and archery. “You simply acquired to persevere, you bought to not let issues get to you as unhealthy and in the event you love doing one thing, proceed doing it-you simply acquired to discover a new approach to go about doing it,” Jack says.
It is with that perseverance and willpower that Jack can be competing in numerous adaptive sports activities on the upcoming DOD Warrior Video games hosted on the ESPN Huge World of Sports activities Complicated on the Walt Disney World Resort.
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