Amputee student finds his community

September 14, 2021

Life can change dramatically in just a few seconds. It took only that long for a piece of shrapnel from a car crash to injure Adrian Grajeda’s leg while he was playing soccer at recess. The metal severed several arteries, causing Adrian to lose his leg at 10 years old. He spent the following years learning to walk again with a prosthetic leg and adjusting to the extreme change in his life. With a positive attitude, a deeply supportive family and inner strength and resilience, Adrian found inspiration from those around him, including from his participation in a Wounded Warrior program. This gave him insight into the physical disabilities of others and allowed him to see he wasn’t alone. As the years went on, he played football in school, walked the 2019 Rose Parade with the Donate for Life float and learned to surf. Adrian plans to attend College of the Desert this fall, and we have no doubt will continue to thrive in spite of all the adversity he has faced.

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