Young Runner Serves as an Inspiration During Star Wars Revival Run Weekend
Eleven-year-old Daniel “DJ” Roberts from Orlando, was one of the many inspiring runners taking part in the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend presented by OtterBox which took place April 4-7, at Walt Disney World Resort.
“DJ’’ was one of more than 41,500 runners competing in the various races but his story is extra special. He lost his right leg to cancer a couple of years ago. His bone-cancer diagnosis led to 37 weeks of chemotherapy and the surgical removal of his right leg. After being fitted for a lower leg prosthetic, he began physical therapy to relearn how to walk. Roberts was not interested in running until his physical therapist took him to the expo at last year’s Star Wars race at Disney, and he was so inspired by the race weekend that he started training to run a race of his own “DJ” participated in the 5K run through Epcot. In the process. He battled the elements (light rain was falling throughout the race) and overcame his own fears to complete the journey that few thought possible.
When it was all over, he celebrated his accomplishments with a big hug from mom and the many other family members and friends who ran alongside him. Among his supporters was his AdventHealth physical therapist Trevor Hicks. For those competing along with “DJ” you couldn’t help but be impressed by a boy who displayed such courage, resilience and strength.
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