On Tuesday we had a visit from Cody McCasland. The riders were starting to get a little tired, but meeting this young man helped keep us inspired and reminded us of why we're doing this. It was great to meet him (and his family). Here's some more on Cody.
Born with a condition called sacral agenesis which resulted in missing his tibias, seven year-old Cody McCasland’s legs were amputated through the knee when he was just 15 months old. He showed his true colors when only two months later he was walking on prosthetics and mobile like any other kid his age. Eager to run like the other kids, Cody received his first pair of running legs by the age of five and hasn’t stopped since.
Cody and the McCasland family were first introduced to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) in 2007 when they attended a CAF Catch a Rising Star mobility and running clinic. He worked with certified prosthetist and gait specialist Peter Harsch and elite challenged athletes at the clinic to improve his running and gait while using his new running legs. Just months later, he entered nearly every track event he could at his first Endeavor Games at the University of Central Oaklahoma. Also an avid swimmer, he brought home several gold medals for his age and classification in both disciplines.
With aspirations of following Rudy Garcia-Tolson’s footsteps of competing in the Paralympics in swimming, the possibilities for Cody are endless. But, even at only seven years-old, he’s already reached great heights. Over the past five years, he’s raised more than $100,000 for CAF and the hospital that provides his care. He’s spoken and inspired countless individual through national media exposure on Inside Edition, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Oprah Whinfrey Show; and motivates our wounded warriors with visits to the military hospitals as a spokesperson for CAF.
His smile is infectious. His disposition is always cheerful. And the world is his oyster!