FORT BRAGG, North Carolina — Jack DeLeuw joined the US Army in 2012 when he was just 18 years old. At 26, he was involved in a motorcycle accident that shattered his T7 vertebra and left him paralyzed below the sternum.
Jack credits his father, Thom DeLeuw, for helping him cope and adjust to his new life after the accident. “My dad moved in with me, helped me a lot with everything; with transportation, with adjusting my house, adjusting my lifestyle to how I can still do things,” says Jack.
His father’s presence was crucial in helping him learn to return to the things he once loved, such as cycling and archery. “You just have to persevere, you have to not let things get this bad to you and if you love doing something, keep doing it – you just have to find a new way to do it,” says Jack.
It is with this perseverance and determination that Jack will participate in various adaptive sports at the upcoming DOD Warrior Games hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort.
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