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    Posted September 2, 2012 by
    Phoenix, Arizona
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What do the Paralympics mean to you?

    DanielleJSar and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: London 2012 Olympics

    "Your disabilities are the things you think you cannot do"


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     DanielleJSar, a journalism student and a public affairs specialist in the Arizona Army National Guard, shot these photos as part of stories she did for the National Guard in April and July. 'I was inspired to share these pictures because as a soldier, many will come to know other soldiers who were injured during battle. It’s amazing to see these athletic people who are injured not give up and instead continue to be athletically gifted; often even more than most people without disabilities. Soldiers and civilians, like those in the Paralympics, are so inspiring and I’m grateful to have been able to cover people like these. They make me believe I can do something great too, no matter what I’m faced with in life.'

    She said she hasn't caught any of the Paralympics thus far but plans on watching wheelchair basketball this week. 'I really enjoyed it in person and can appreciate how hard it really is.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    As a journalist I have been able to cover stories and take pictures of people with disabilities who are so inspiring.


    Retired Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman, a paraplegic and former member of an elite parachute team, the Golden Knights, was very inspiring this fourth of July when he parachuted down into the stage for hundreds of people watching and gave a speech.


    No disability can hold you back, Bowman said, not even two missing legs.


    “It doesn’t matter because each and every one of us has a disability,” Bowman said. “Your disabilities are the things you think you cannot do.”


    So many people with disabilities are just as inspiring as Bowman, such as Mike Benge who can climb a rock wall just using his arms.


    It really just goes to show that only your mind can hold yourself back. The paralympics proves this.


    Photo 1: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.— Retired Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman parachutes from a helicopter while waving a giant American flag during the Fourth of July Freedom Fest at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort here, July 3.


    Photos 2, 3: PHOENIX, Ariz. — Members of the Banner Phoenix Wheelchair Suns, as well as visitors, play a game of wheelchair basketball at the Virginia G. Piper Sports Fitness Center for People with Disabilities, also known as SpoFit, during a wounded warrior open house here, April 6. Wounded Warriors, a program to help wounded servicemembers transition back into civilian life, has connected with SpoFit to make servicemembers and their families aware of the resources available at the gym.


    Photos 4, 5: PHOENIX—Mike Benge, who has a spinal cord injury, prepares to climb a rock wall at SpoFit.

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