They came from all over the east coast to meet their friends and cheer each other on as they overcame physical and mental hurdles, not to mention braving the sub-zero temperatures and ski the slopes of Jiminy Peak. We don’t know who was more inspiring, the Wounded Warriors or the STRIDE Adaptive Sports team, but watch the video and be awed.
In 2004, Captain Will Reynolds was on patrol in a neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq. He was walking through the streets when an ied, improvised explosive device, detonated nearby and damaged his left leg. After two years at D.C.’s Walter Reed Hospital, the West Point graduate was in a “salvage limb” protocol, meaning his doctors would do all they could to save his leg. Nearly a decade later, and only able to bike with one leg and swim, Reynold’s and his medical team decided to amputate the leg in 2013. On this day, the Rochester, NY native, now Bethesda, MD, resident, participated in the #woundedwarrior snow fest weekend organized by #strideadaptivesports. As you can see from the attached video, the amputation has done little to slow Reynolds down. Pictured with him are his wife, Cassandra, the mother of his four children, and a research biologist in a breast cancer research lab at George Washington University. Reynolds, a strategy consultant at Deloitte, is a tireless advocate to make sure the VA provides #veterans access to the medical treatment they so richly deserve. He said his amputation is an on-going process of coping and acceptance. Seeing how masterful he is on the #jiminypeak slopes, on this day, he seems to have accepted his circumstances and is an inspiration and hero to all who know him.