Dear Athletes Helping Athletes, Hi my name is Josh Pauls. I'm 11. When I was 10 months old I was amputated at the knee. With my prosthetics it is very difficult to ride a normal bicycle. I have heard of handcycles for people like me, but they are very expensive. A friend from hockey told me about your organization, Athletes Helping Athletes. I hope you are able to help me, so I can go riding with my parents, sister, and 20 cousins.
Hope to hear from you soon, Josh August, 2004
This is my son, Joshua Pauls. He is now 11 years old and is a bi-lateral amputee. When he was born, it was discovered that he was born without his tibia bone in both of his legs. At the age of 10 motnhs, after meeting with several doctors, we had his legs amputated at the knee joint. Just recently he has shown an interest in sports for the disabled. He is now part of a new sled hockey team, which was formed in 2003 and the team participated in the Atlantic District Sled Hockey league. As usual for a first year team, they lost every game but they had a lot of fun, and the interest he has shown in this sport, as well as talking to his teammates who participate in other sports, gives me the impression that other sports are not out of the question. He has expressed interest in wheelchair basketball as well as some swimming sports. He recently competed in the Windsor games for the physically disabled, with an all-star team from the Atlantic District. While they did not advance to the medal round, the team did win one game, which was my son's first win ever. Getting a taste of this type of competition only further his desire to learn about different sports.