Matthew R. **NEW JTF KID**

Matthew was adopted from China at the age of 7 and was born without his right foot and had his left leg amputated at the age of 8, shortly after coming to the US. Now almost 16 years old, Matthew has developed into an incredible athlete, student, and an all around amazing kiddo. Matthew started playing wheelchair basketball two years ago and developed a strong passion for the sport, so much so that he decided to take up running to help him stay in shape during the off season. Not only did Matthew end up loving to run, he is now a superstar track athlete as well! Matthew competes in several events and ran for his high school track team this past spring and came in 3rd place in the 200 meter race against all able-bodied racers and finished his first two mile race in under 15 minutes! Running has given Matthew great confidence and a new circle of friends and has shown other kids that having a disability does not stop you from ANYTHING! Now that Matthew has one track season under his belt, he is in need of more advanced running prostheses that will be lighter and allow him to truly compete to the best of his ability. We can’t wait to see all that Matthew accomplishes in life!