During the Ability First Sports Adaptive Youth Summer Camp, a quest speaker stood on the stage of the El Rey theatre in Chico, CA to share her inspiring story to the campers and the general community. That speaker was Paralympian Jamie Whitmore, and her story left everyone in the audience feeling motivated to push through whatever obstacles they may be facing in their lives.
Jamie was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 leaving her with a condition called drop foot that prevents the use of her hamstring and glute muscle in her leg. This setback would discourage anyone, but especially a woman who had been a successful athlete her entire life. Her story is one of perseverance and determination as she went on to win two medals at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil!
“No one really said you have cancer,” Whitmore recalled. “I was the one who finally asked, ‘Do I have cancer?’ The chemo doctor nodded his head yes. It was one of those times where the floodgates of emotions just came pouring out.”
To learn more about Jamie and her amazing story, enjoy this article form the Chico Enterprise-Record and follow Jamie on Facebook @officialjamiewhitmore.