Physical Challenge: Above Knee Amputee
Sports: Wheelchair Basketball, Swimming, Golf, Skiing, Surfing
Hometown: Mill Creek, WA
Jake Eastwood grew up with big sports dreams and athletic goals that he had to unexpectedly alter when life threw him a curveball at the age of 12. A skiing accident led doctors to discover he had bone cancer in his left leg. Jake went through treatment for about a year but on his 1-year post treatment scans, the cancer returned in the same leg and Jake elected to have his leg amputated above the knee. This meant that Jake would be wearing a prosthetic leg by age 13.
Although a very tough decision, modern technology and support from groups like CAF have opened many new doors and possibilities for Jake. Jake is a natural athlete and has always loved sports. Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, Jake played baseball, basketball, soccer, skiing and golf. Jake’s family took him to a CAF + Nike clinic in Portland, where he tried out different types of adaptive sports, but one stood out… wheelchair basketball. Jake is a natural athlete, and he has not let cancer or being an amputee slow him down. He’s currently playing wheelchair basketball through Seattle Adaptive Sports, swims on the Shadow Seals swim team, has learned to surf, 3-track skis, and is a member of his high school golf team. Most importantly, Jake is a good friend, brother, and son with a bright future ahead of him.
Jake is aiming to make Team USA in Wheelchair Basketball for the 2024 Paralympic Games. Most recently, Jake announced his commitment to play Wheelchair Basketball at the University of Auburn!
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