Kaela Cruz

Challenge: Above Knee Amputee

Sports: Swimming, Track and Field

Bio:

Kaela was diagnosed with bone cancer in January 2007, she had an above the knee amputation on her left leg in May of 2007. She has been Cancer free for 12 years.

Her family was introduced to the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation shortly after her surgery 2007.In 2011 she was awarded a running leg at the Heroes Heart and Hope Gala in New York that changed her outlook on life.

Kaela’s involvement with CAF, has given her a sense of empowerment that comes from building self-esteem and gaining independence, she has persevered and succeeded under circumstances on a level that most people can only imagine. She is a regular speaker at Princeton University for pediatric cancer awareness and for a few foundations. She took part in an adaptive surfing clinic sponsored by the Junior Seau Foundation and recently participated in the San Diego Triathlon Challenge in La Jolla, Ca, swimming a mile in La Jolla Cove.

She is a member of the North Jersey Navigators, an adaptive sports team for junior athletes with disabilities. Last July at the Junior National Championships in Wisconsin she had a great performance; obtaining new personal best records and earned 12 medals (10 Gold and 2 Silver). As a Para Triathlete in training, She competes at the Westchester Super Sprint Triathlon event in Rye Playland as a member of Team CAF. Kaela is looking forward for the 2018 – 2019 season and participating at the Junior National Championships. Having Fun, Inspiring and Motivating.

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