LimbPower Trustee Damian MacDonald lined up with thirty thousand other eager competitors to take part in the 2013 Virgin London Marathon, but Damian had the added challenge of doing this as a below knee amputee.

Damian had his left leg amputated below the knee in April 1987 as the result of injuries sustained during a road traffic accident. Damian spent the next 20 years managing his life but without a network of support from others in the same situation.

All that changed in 2008 when he attended the Amputee Games (now the LimbPower Games) and got involved with cycling. He was overjoyed to discover a whole community of amputees and has been dedicated ever since to expanding that community and reaching other amputees who are isolated as he once was.

In 2010 Damian was invited to become a Trustee of LimbPower and has since completed many challenges on behalf of the charity, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010, cycling from London to Paris in 2011 and completing the 100km NightRider event last year.

However, running was a new challenge for Damian and it was with some trepidation that he took his place on the start line for the London Marathon. “It was a fantastic experience. The support from the public and other participants was even greater than anticipated and without a doubt helped keep me smiling through the discomfort over the last 25 miles…” Damian recalls, “I can now tick ‘Complete A Marathon’ off my bucket list.“

LimbPower were very proud to see Damian achieve such an ambitious goal and were there to cheer him on. Chairman Kiera Roche said; “This was such a personal goal for Damian and it was fantastic to see him do it. He’s an inspiration for so many amputees and we are very grateful to have him as part of our team.”

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