We are excited to share the many amazing accomplishments of Dave Michael of Round Lake, IL!
How did your amputation occur?
In 1997, I broke my leg in a downhill snow skiing accident. After getting an X-Ray, the doctors saw a gray area in the shape of an egg right where the hairline fracture was. After several doctors and specialists, they did a biopsy and discovered it was Osteosarcoma or bone cancer.
Where do you work and what do you do?
MRK Industries, Libertyville, IL. I am a production supervisor in a manufacturing plant where we produce custom specialty building materials. Some of my duties require forklift driving, skid and crate making, lifting items and coordination of jobs.
Out of all of your accomplishments, which are you most proud of and why?
What I am most proud of is not defined in one moment but better explained in my actions. Even though I have an amputation I try to not let it define me, limit me or be an excuse.
What hobbies or activities are you involved in? Why do you enjoy them?
- I play sled hockey and LOVE IT. It gives me that competitive teamwork while participating in a physical activity.
- I throw the Javelin and hope to make the National Team.
- I play sand volleyball.
- I CrossFit for strength and endurance exercise.
- I ride the Peleton for variety and I don’t really like to run long distances.
- I am registered to participate in the 2021 Chicago Marathon as a wheelchair racer and I just want to finish after withdrawing from the 2018 marathon at mile 16.
- I LOVE helping adaptive athletes achieve their fitness goals.
How big of a role does the proper function and fit of your prosthesis play in making it a good or bad day?
Proper fit and function of my prosthesis play a HUGE role because of my active lifestyle. I have a job that requires me to be seated, standing, walking, rotation, lifting and more. Then I enjoy working out in different modalities. I have two lovely children and the best wife. We love hiking, sport activities and water activities. If I had a “sloppy” socket I would not be able to enjoy all those activities in comfort and be enjoy them.
What has your experience been like with SRT?
I had a wonderful experience with SRT. I live between locations and they were very flexible with my schedule. They were very timely. They listened to my needs, wants and took into account my lifestyle while determining the best prosthetic.
What would you like to say to a new amputee to encourage them?
NEVER GIVE UP! The process takes a while, but with technology these days you can accomplish anything you want too.