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    Posted August 10, 2014 by
    Birmingham, Alabama
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    Dreams Come True in Birmingham

    Hi I'm Bob Lujano. Growing up in a small town in Kansas, I always dreamed of being an athlete and playing on competitive teams. After losing my limbs at the age of nine (9), I thought it would never happen. Fortunately, I moved to Birmingham, Alabama. Now, all of those childhood dreams are a reality. When I moved to Birmingham, I found the Lakeshore Foundation, which provides me opportunities in recreation and competitive sport. Since that time, I have participated in numerous fitness, exercise, and competitive sport opportunities which allows me to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. Lakeshore also has an Athletic Department which provides me an opportunity to play on competitive teams. For the last 15 years I have been a member of the wheelchair rugby team, where we have won five (5), United States Quad Rugby Association National Championships (USQRA). In 2003, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) came to Birmingham and designated Lakeshore as an official Olympic and Paralympic Training site. This allowed me to achieve the ultimate in competitive sports, to become a Paralympian, to represent Team USA, and to win a bronze medal at the 2004 Paralympic games in Athens, Greece. For me, the best part of living in Birmingham is the Lakeshore Foundation, where small town dreams become reality. #healthylifestyle #Birminghamlife #Lakeshorefoundation #USOC #USParalympics #TeamUSA #USQRA
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