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.

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casey from 120 River Bend Dr Georgetown, TX MARCH 4, 2021
great speech

Anonymous OCTOBER 8, 2020
you are such an inspiration

Drew from Denver calorado AUGUST 24, 2020
I play baseball my self and I have never known an athlete with your confidence

Marvin Cooper from 098djewq APRIL 16, 2020

Jenna Herritt from Kent state APRIL 14, 2020
Great tribute. And also Adam,you're the best.

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