Amputation Doesn’t Sideline Local Student, Athlete

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A young man who had to have his leg amputated following an injury during his high school football game two years ago, continues to impress and inspire many in the community.

Trevor Roberts, now 18, is preparing to travel to Indiana to try to win a spot in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Roberts lost his left leg nearly two years ago when an injury during a McLouth High School football game, turned gangrenous. (McLouth is about 45 minutes west of Kansas City.)

Since then, Roberts has been fit with a custom-designed prosthetic leg.

"I was ready to get back into competing and competition," Roberts says. "I have a competitive spirit about life."

On Tuesday Roberts met with his prosthetist, Matt Luetke, from the Hanger Clinic, 4600 Rainbow Blvd.  The two then went to the track at Park Hill High School so Roberts could practice running again with his prosthetic leg. Luetke says he's like a proud father when he watched Roberts run.

"The sense of accomplishment you get when you see a patient running, giving it their all," Luetke said. "And in Trevors case he's doing more now, doing new things he's never done."

Roberts was an athlete before his injury, but never ran track. Now he has earned three gold medals in track at the Endeavor Games in Oklahoma City, plus two gold medals for swimming. He also won a gold medal for novice level wake-boarding at the Extremity Games last week.

He says he enjoys these competitions, because so many people he meets inspire him.

"Everybody has their own story and every time I meet someone new I like to get their story and hear what they have to say," Roberts says. "It's very inspiring."

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