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‘No Legs, No Limits’ For USA Paralympian Roderick Sewell Jackson – Swimming World News

Posted by | January 29, 2018 | Uncategorized

Roderick Sewell Jackson. Photo Courtesy: Dan D’Addona

By Dan D’Addona.

 

Roderick Sewell Jackson was always forced to adapt to adversity — and overcome it.Growing up without a father in the picture, he had both legs amputated above the knee before the age of 2. He then spent ages 7-12 without a home. Somehow, he always managed to keep a smile on his face.“The best thing to do is stay humble and look for the positive,” he said. “It makes you want to do more and do better. I have never let my situation hold me back.”Now 25, Sewell Jackson is a member of the U.S. Paralympic swim team — and a gold medalist. He was part of a gold medal relay a the world championships in Mexico City during the summer.He has come a long way since a rocky childhood.“I was born missing tibias in both of my legs. The doctors amputated both legs when I was one and a half,” he said. “It was a rough situation for my mom and I. She had to make the decision to get my legs amputated and she didn’t really have the funds necessary to get me prosthetics, so she filed for unemployment. Even though that got me the prosthetics I needed — the ability to walk — it put us in a financial bind. We ended up homeless when I was 7 until I was about 12. We are really close. It was just me and her growing up.  Read more…

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