Today's Featured Fighter is Zion!!! #fighterfridayLet his story be an inspiration to you today to get out there and fight! And let's encourage Zion as he continues to do what some may think seems impossible!
Nothing slows Zion down. Nothing.
Zion was born in China with ectrodactyly. He had one finger on each hand and one toe on each foot. At age two, he was adopted from China and from his first moments with his forever family in the States, he zoomed around and drew others to himself with an electric smile, eyes deep enough to swim in, and an attitude of love and grace that has only grown since. Zion was growing quickly and was so active that he broke his metatarsal bones in each foot numerous times—and would continue to—if something didn't change. His mom consulted with several doctors, professionals, and others then made the tough decision to amputate.
Prosthetics were next. The first ones were stiff and caused problems for a very active boy. His prosthetist, Matt Bulow, fitted him for Össur Cheetah Explorer blades and Zion "went from 0-60" in just a few minutes. This unleashed boy discovered a world of running races, jumping, throwing, and more. He kept experimenting with swimming, rock climbing, cycling, tennis, and others. Then, at a Challenged Athletes Foundation Clinic, he discovered the joy of surfing and his proficiency at it. He's frustrated he lives in a landlocked state and doesn't leave the ocean when he gets to visit. While playing Wheelchair Basketball, officials with a Quad Rugby team invited him to try their sport because of his passion, energy, and aggressiveness on the court. He's playing both sports this year.
Zion's desire to represent the United States in the Paralympics has only grown with relationships and encouragement from others he's met through CAF. At age ten, he is concentrating on gaining strength, agility, and overall fitness. He's also figuring out which sport he excels at most. He has a full competition schedule for 2017 including wheelchair basketball, quad rugby, road races (including the Rock and Roll Nashville 5K and SDTC), and longs to compete at the Endeavor Games.