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Local boy selected to play in national amputee softball camp

Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 07:47 AM EDT


One local boy who was told he may never be able to walk again is not only walking, but running, playing baseball, football, basketball, even breaking national records.

Cooper Blair from Glen Dale, W.Va., is only 11-years-old and has traveled all around the country already competing and participating in sports camps.

He was recently one out of 20 kids who was selected to play for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Kids Camp.

Cooper has two prosthetic legs and he doesn’t let his disability disable him.

He was born with a rare disease called Amniotic Band Syndrome, a condition in which the Amniotic Bands restrict blood flow to a fetus's limb.

"His prothestist is out of Methodist Prosthetics and Orthotics in Mississippi and she had asked us if we would be interested in attending a Wounded Warrior’s amputee softball camp,” said Cooper's mom, Richelle Blair.

Cooper’s mom said it was quite a process; they first had to send in a video, followed by a letter and an application.

Cooper was chosen along with 20 other kids to attend the camp in Louisville, Kentucky.

Richelle said they were extremely busy, first heading to Oklahoma for him to compete in running.

"And in going out there I met five or six parents who had kids going through the same thing so for once you felt like that you weren't alone in something and I think he felt the same way,” said Richelle.

"I met a lot of kids out there, I had a lot of fun hanging out with them, swimming with them, going to pool parties, and playing baseball and softball,” said Cooper.

Cooper's mom says his ultimate goal is to be a member of the Paralympic team for the United States.

"Oh my gosh it makes both of us as parents feel so overwhelmed with pride, and coming from years ago when the doctors were telling us he may never walk or play sports, and then all of a sudden he is breaking national track records and going to softball camps,” said Richelle.

"It's just really fun getting to see all of the new places and meeting new people everywhere I go,” said Cooper.

Richelle said they're leaving in a few weeks for him to compete in Nationals held in Iowa City, he'll be competing for track, running the 100 to 200 and 400 meter, and then they're going to California to a challenged athletes foundation function.

And hopefully if his times quality in Iowa, he'll get to compete in worlds next year.

Local boy selected to play in national amputee softball camp

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