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Young Colorado Boy Given Chance At Sports With New Prosthetic Leg – CBS Denver


DENVER (CBS4) – Clayton Simon is a 6-year-old boy who likes to play baseball, sled hockey, soccer and racing together with his sister. He does all this regardless of being born with a congenital situation that led to the lack of his leg above his proper knee at beginning.

All that modified on Saturday afternoon as Clayton was given a particular working prosthetic leg by way of a grant from the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

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“We’re so excited for Clay,” stated his father, 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 mother and father had been excited to see their son in a working leg for one more purpose, because 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 Coordinator on the Challenged Athletes basis.

Clayton was given the working leg on the Ossur and Challenged Athletes Foundation working and mobility clinic on the University of Denver. More than 40 amputees participated within the occasion, together with Team USA’s para-triathletes Jamie Brown and Eric McElvenny. Brown gave Clayton a number of recommendations on the right way to use the brand new working 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 symbolize the United States on the Paralympic Games being held Aug. 24 by way of Sept. 5 in Tokyo, Japan. They hope to see Clayton strolling of their footsteps.

“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.

Before Clayton can obtain his Olympic goals, he first needed to get previous his massive sister.

“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 Foundation Grant is open for brand new purposes on Sept. 1.




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