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Garrison Hayes
is the 2014 recipient of the
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame’s
Disabled Athlete Recognition Award
and has been selected as a member of the
2015 IWAS World Junior Games USA Team

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GARRISON HAYES

Future Paralympian
Cancer survivor, leg amputee
Multiple award winner for athletics, academics and community involvement

      

In February 2005, Garrison began to experience tenderness in his left knee. Garrison braved the pain and compensated by favoring his right leg. When his mother noticed him hopping around the house, she inquired about the new development and examined him closely. Although there was no discoloration or swelling, his left knee was very tender to the touch. Kori sought medical attention immediately.

With no clear sign of trauma, Garrison’s pediatrician ordered an x-ray of his left leg, revealing a growth on Garrison’s knee. Garrison had cancer, specifically, Osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor.

Unfortunately, all of the treatment options available for Garrison included a form of amputation. Among the three possible surgeries, one stood out as the right choice for Garrison: the Van Ness Rotationplasty. This was a new alternative to conventional leg amputation, and it promised Garrison the best quality of life. In May 2005, Garrison underwent the Van Ness procedure. Through innovation and expert care, Garrison has a second chance at life.

With that second chance, you will not find Garrison sitting still. He is very active and he loves to play all sports. Garrison participates in soccer, basketball, track and field, snow skiing, sled hockey, cycling, mountain bike racing and mountaineering. He is an international competitor in track and field. This past summer, Garrison set national records in seven track and field events and earned one gold medal and two silver medals at the IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville, England.  At the 2014 US Paralympics Track & Field National Championships in San Mateo, CA he earned a gold medal and was named National Champion in the high jump in the F42 class and earned a bronze medal in the long jump.

 

If Garrison is not on the track, he is probably out on the trails racing mountain bikes. He is a member of the Highlands Ranch Composite Team. Last season, Garrison was honored to receive the National Interscholastic Cycling Association Sho-Air Extraordinary Courage Award and the Colorado High School Cycling League Trailblazer Award.

Garrison’s cancer is now in remission. He still visits The Children’s Hospital regularly to meet with other children who are facing the difficult battles with cancer and amputation. He offers his perspective and encouragement, using his experience as an asset by sharing his story of overcoming obstacles, along with showing them his surgery and how it works.  In 2013, he served as an Ambassador for Children's Hospital Colorado. 

The John Lynch Foundation recognized Garrison for his commitment to excellence in academics, community involvement and athletics by naming him a 2013 Exceptional Star of the Year Award winner and scholarship recipient.

The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame has selected Garrison to receive the 2014 Athlete with a Disability Recognition Award for his outstanding athletic performances.

At a glance, Garrison is an ordinary teen, but with a closer look you’ll find an extraordinary spirit and a true Champion.

You can contact Garrison at watty9305@gmail.com
 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS

My goal is to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in track in field. 
 
To be able to reach my goal, I need to continue to develop and gain competition experience. I have a very busy schedule in 2015 to help me gain national and international experience.
 
 
In track and field, my 2015 goals are to set the national record in the high jump, be national champion in the 100m and the high jump events at the Paralympic Track and Field National Championships, and to go on to compete at the IWAS World Junior Championships in Stanskanaal, Netherlands. 
 
Also, my goals are to earn a spot on the USA team in high jump and to compete in the Parapan Games in Toronto, Canada, in the IWAS World Games in Sochi, Russia, and in the IPC World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
 
Going to these events is beyond my family's financial capabilities.  My prosthetic leg and special running foot are expensive.  I need help with the competition and equipment expenses.
 
Would you help me reach my goals by making a donation?  Any donation will help - no amount is too small.  Any money donated through the link below is not tax deductible.  I am not a 501(c)3 organization. 
 
If you would like to make a donation to help with my 2015 competition and equipment expenses, you can mail your donation to:
 
Garrison Hayes
 
contact me
   
Donations can also be made securely online through PayPal.  You don't need a PayPal account to make a donation using PayPal.  Any money donated through the link below is not tax deductible.  I am not a 501(c)3 organization.  If you need your donation to be tax deductible, please contact me.

 

 
 
 

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