Amputee track star inspires others

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Hundreds and hundreds of kids packed the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem this past weekend for the state high school championships.

But there was one kid who turned heads everywhere he went. His name is Desmond Jackson, and while he’s different than everyone else, Desmond is just a normal kid.

Desmond Jackson inspires without even saying a word. When this 14-year-old freshman from Durham Hillside High School shows up at a track meet, people are in awe.

Desmond was born without a working left knee, so it was amputated at age nine. He was walking by his first birthday. Now he’s the first above-the-knee amputee to be running high school track in North Carolina.

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