Man born with one arm becomes athlete, inspiring others with disabilities

Despite being born with disabilities, this amazing man decided to overcome all odds to fulfill his dreams.

Luke Ericson was born without left-arm and his left-lung is nearly half the normal size. He also suffers from scoliosis, an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine, and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes eight years ago.

Despite these conditions, he continued to pursue his dream to become an athlete. He took up Crossfit and participated in global contests. He could do planks, pull-ups, and other exercises with just one arm!

“It’s your body, it’s your life. You only get one of each so you want to enjoy your time here on this earth. Being healthy, feeling healthy—there’s nothing better than that. Don’t let anything stop you from doing something that you want to do,” he says in his YouTube video that he had made to inspire others with disabilities.

To film his training for a fitness festival in Miami, he took to Kickstarter page to raise funds. “I’ve seen the effect that my story, and other adaptive athletes’ stories can have on people’s lives and attitudes,” he wrote.

“It started off with one or two people, then at my first competition it was hundreds, and now thousands. Every day I get messages and letters about how my story has inspired and encouraged others to push through their own barriers, and get their lives back on track.”

“That’s why I do this. That’s why I keep pushing. For the people whose lives I can make even a small difference in, I do it for them,” he added.

Photo credit: Instagram | luke_ericson7

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