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Congenital Amputee, Motivational Speaker Talks To Turner Ashby Students

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Posted: March 28, 2013

Kyle Maynard, 27, a congenital amputee and motivational speaker, talks to students at Turner Ashby High School for James Madison University’s Disability Awareness Week on Wednesday morning. Maynard also spoke at JMU on Tuesday night. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Elexus Brooks, 15, a freshman at TA, listens to Maynard speak on Wednesday. During his speech, Maynard said that it may take hard work, but you can overcome setbacks to achieve your goals. “Every one of us has a challenge. … Find your why, find your truth and realize there is no good excuse not to go after it,” he said.
JMU Disability Services Peer Mentors sophomore (from left) Keri Vandeberg, 19, senior Kari Owens, 22, and senior Adele Carnemark share their personal stories to congenital amputee motivational speaker, Kyle Maynard, 27, and Turner Ashby High School students as part of the school’s Disability Awareness Month Wednesday morning.
Courtney Ahles (left), 17, a junior at Turner Ashby, greets Kyle Maynard, 27, a congenital amputee and motivational speaker, after he spoke at the school Wednesday.
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You can call him a mixed martial arts fighter, weight-lifting record holder, an accomplished wrestler…

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