Overcoming adam bender
“Let us play!”

—Adam Bender

Adam Bender is an amazing example of the value of "overcoming." His story, told in his own words, spotlights his tenacity:

"My name is Adam Bender. I am a 10-year-old cancer survivor, and also a sports enthusiast.

“When I was born, I had a large tumor in my left thigh, and I had to have my leg amputated at the hip when I was a year old. Because of this, my parents didn't know if I would ever be able to participate in sports. At an early age, I began to show an interest in sports and chose to start with soccer. I quickly learned to adapt my style of play with my crutches and never looked back! Next I decided to give baseball a try, and thanks to some wonderful coaches, I found another sport I loved. These two sports helped me make many friends and learn to be part of a team. The desire to try new things led me to challenge myself with flag football, where I played quarterback for two seasons. I've also started wrestling, and just this winter, I won the state championship for my age and weight. I love playing on a team and I am thankful that my parents have allowed me to go after my dreams.

“I hope that when others see me play, they will be aware that a physical challenge can be overcome when you have the desire and you believe in yourself. My wish is that all children, no matter what their ability, who want to play sports be given the chance. With the help of my family, I want to start an organization that will help kids with physical challenges be able to participate in sports. In my own words, ‘Let us play!’"

Overcoming. Pass It On!

This billboard about Overcoming features Adam Bender; athlete, cancer survivor.

Pass It On®

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Jackson from IA MARCH 7, 2019
he is awesome

Jackson from IA MARCH 7, 2019
he is awesome on what happened to him and he keeped playing baseball

Anonymous SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
Great man

Baker from city APRIL 26, 2018

Anonymous JANUARY 11, 2018
I think the lesson of this billboard is always set a goal for yourself, and don't stop. A young boy Adam Bender- his goal was to play baseball with cancer, and one leg, and he set his goal, and didn't give up. that's why I picked this billboard. I picked this billboard because I read this billboard, and I feel like he makes goals, and don't give up, and thats what I do. I think the message of this billboard is be brave even if you see bullying, and you want to stop.

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