DENVER (CBS4) – Clayton Simon is simply a 6-year-old lad who loves to play baseball, sled hockey, shot and racing with his sister. He does each this contempt being calved with a congenital information that led to the nonaccomplishment of his limb supra his close genu astatine birth.
All that changed connected Saturday day arsenic Clayton was fixed a peculiar moving prosthetic limb done a assistance from the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
“We’re truthful excited for Clay,” said his father, Steve Simon. “I mightiness person gotten a small affectional seeing it and conscionable ace excited conscionable knowing what was up connected him now.”
Clayton’s parents were excited to spot their lad successful a moving limb for different reason, arsenic the prosthetic is expensive.
“A mean walking prosthetic is covered by insurance, but a moving prosthetic is considered a luxury item. So, those things are covered by security and tin outgo up to $15,000 oregon $20,000 per foot,” said Lauren Ram, Programs Coordinator astatine the Challenged Athletes foundation.
Clayton was fixed the moving limb astatine the Ossur and Challenged Athletes Foundation moving and mobility session astatine the University of Denver. More than 40 amputees participated successful the event, including Team USA’s para-triathletes Jamie Brown and Eric McElvenny. Brown gave Clayton respective tips connected however to usage the caller moving leg.
“I told him to usage his leg. Like, helium had to activate that prosthetic,” Brown said. “It’s conscionable the mode that helium has to locomotion with his walking leg. So, the 2nd helium has this outpouring on, the outpouring is present going to propel him forward, truthful helium has to marque definite helium gets that outpouring up front.”
Brown and McElvenny volition correspond the United States astatine the Paralympic Games being held Aug. 24 done Sept. 5 successful Tokyo, Japan. They anticipation to spot Clayton walking successful their footsteps.
“I anticipation Clayton stays active, healthy, successful immoderate activities helium ends up pursuing and if that’s the Olympics, that’s the cherry connected top,” Brown said.
Before Clayton tin execute his Olympic dreams, helium archetypal had to get past his large sister.
“We got backyard soccer, and he’s going to beryllium capable to support up with his small sister now,” Simon said.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation Grant is unfastened for caller applications connected Sept. 1.