This MD Teen Athlete Will Amaze You!

Amanda Merrell is not letting anything stop her! She was diagnosed with an exstremely early onset case of Ewing’s Sarcoma, underwent 14 rounds of chemotherapy by the age of 3, then eventually had her left leg amputated through the knee. She was fitted with a customized prosthetic, the first of at least 25 she’s used in her life; she gets a new prosthetic once or twice per year at a cost of $20,000 per limb.

But even with these setbacks she has worked hard to play all the sports she dreamed of — soccer, basketball, field hockey and even lacrosse. She’s excelled at many of them, and is now a standout member of the Huntingtown (Md.) junior varsity basketball team.

“I watched her game and never even noticed it. It didn’t slow her down. It didn’t bring any attention to her,” St. Mary’s Coach Chuck Miller said after losing to Huntingtown in a holiday tournament final last month. “It doesn’t get any better than that, in my opinion. To me, it takes guts to go out there and be out there. And that little girl who I’ve never met, to me, shows incredible fortitude.”

Source: USA Today

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