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In the 136th episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview the first amputee athlete to run a marathon and founder of Achilles International, Dick Traum.
“My role changed from that of child to that of an adult. From athlete to volunteer.” After a tragic accident caused Dick Traum to lose his leg, he decided that he would not be defeated and determined that though one real leg short, he would complete a marathon. As though the mental strength in this feat alone was not enough, Dick didn’t stop there. In fact, his most impressive accomplishments came in the aftermath of the completion of his marathon. Seeing a great need in the community with regards to helping individuals with disabilities discover purpose, Dick founded Achilles International to empower people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement. Starting with 6 disabled persons competing in the 1983 New York City Marathon, Achilles has grown to be a worldwide organization and in 2018, over 1000 individuals with disabilities competed in runs with 250 of those in the New York City Marathon.
Dick is a pioneer is so many ways and it was an honor to have the chance to speak with him. I hope you all enjoy my interview with Dick Traum.
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Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.