Josh Beecher

Josh Beecher

 

Josh Beecher was born with a clubfoot deformity and Achilles tendon issues. He was casted the day he was born until he had his first surgery at 9 months old. He had many surgeries during his childhood, but nothing seemed to help. Throughout the pain, Josh still played baseball, basketball, and soccer. When he was 21, the pain was so bad that he decided to get x-rays. His foot was shattered.  That spring, Josh had a third clubfoot correction surgery which failed. The following Christmas, he had one more surgery. As a last ditch effort, the doctor broke each of his metatarsals, changed the alignment of the bones, and then pieced him back together with 5 plates, 12 screws, and 36 staples. Needless to say, it didn’t work.  Josh had been researching amputation since his junior year of high school, so when his foot didn’t heal and he could no longer walk without crutches or a cast, he opted for amputation.  Though his life had been filled with constant pain, Josh is now pain free!  Since Josh had always been very active in sports, he wanted to be able to run again after his amputation.  We were thrilled to donate a running blade to Josh in July, and he looks like has been running on it for years!