Mark Barr, a three-time Paralympic Games Team USA athlete and winner of the 2019 Espy Award for "Best Male Athlete with a Disability," visits Morning Dose to share his personal journey of becoming a champion amputee athlete and the connection that led him to competitive swimming.
Doctors were forced to amputate Barr's leg after osteosarcoma — a type of cancer that produces immature bone — in his right tibia. He was only 14 years old. It was during the amputation process, a nurse who happened to be an amputee athlete made a recommendation that would forever change his life.
Barr is also an active member of Catapult, a nonprofit organization working to provide individuals with disabilities the community support, training and gear they need to reach their athletic goals.