Paralympian recognized in Detroit for achievement in sports with only 1 leg

Published On: Apr 10 2013 05:55:30 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 10 2013 08:47:30 PM EDT

Inspiring athlete honored for his outstanding track achievements in the Paralympic Games

DETROIT -

He competed in Beijing, and London, and he has multiple gold medals to show for it.

Jeremy Campbell is proof that anything is possible. He excels in sports and does it all with only one leg.

Campbell said he never even heard the word disability until he was a teenager.

"I knew that I had a prosthetic leg and I knew that I was competing against other people with prosthetic legs, but it never occurred to me that I had a disability," said Campbell.

He was born in Texas without a right fibula bone and had his lower leg amputated when he was only 16 months old. Now he competes with a carbon-fiber blade attached to his leg.

"My problem isn't circumstantial. My obstacle isn't my leg or my disability it is my perception," said Campbell.

Right now Jeremy is training for the 2016 Rio Paralympic games, but he also has his eyes set on qualifying and competing in the Olympic games.

On Wednesday, Campbell was honored by the Detroit Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan for his achievements.

He also spoke with patients, staff and athletes with disabilities at RIM to let them know anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself.

The National MS Society, Michigan Chapter, will be honoring Campbell with the Spirit of Da Vinci Award on Thursday at the Ford Conference and Events Center in Dearborn.

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