Rare Disease Report

No Arms, No Legs, No Problem. Meet Kyle Maynard

AUGUST 17, 2016
James Radke, PhD
Kyle Maynard is an inspiration to many in the rare disease community. Born with a rare disease called congenital amputation, Kyle has spent his entire 31-year life as a quadriplegic.
But that has not stopped him from playing football, competing (and winning) in high school wrestling, and being crowned GNC’s World Strongest Teen with his bench pressing skills. Now in his 30s, Kyle continues to challenge what a quadriplegic can do by becoming the first quadruple amputee to reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics.
And now, thanks to Nike, Kyle is also an inspiration to not just the rare disease community but to the entire world. In the latest installment of their Just Do It campaign, the company has produced a commercial showing off Kyle’s mountaineering skills.


In a press release about the Nike commercial, Kyle said:

“If you’re doing something first, you don’t have that path laid out for you so you just have to go and figure it out.”
Kyle added:

 “You learn how to use your mind. You learn: How do I not fall apart when I have something bad happen to me? How do I get through and overcome bigger challenges? How do I adapt? The lessons that you learn in your sport can transcend into every area of your life, in your relationships and in just any dream that you have.”

To learn more about Kyle's adventures, visit kyle-maynard.com/

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