09:37 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 07/11/2013 02:25PM
Two days before he was to leave Iraq in 2006, Army Sgt. Brian Taylor Urruela’s Humvee hit a pair of roadside bombs, killing his commanding officer and severely injuring him and his comrades.
After 35 unsuccessful surgeries, the life-long baseball player from Tampa, Fla., made the agonizing decision to have his mangled right leg amputated. He thought the worst was behind him, but a new kind of suffering soon began.
"When I got out of the military, all the support was gone," says Urruela, 27, who was diagnosed with PTSD. "I was drinking away the pain."
Originally posted 07/27/2012 06:45PM
Watching Kieran Behan flip through the air, you'd never imagine the Irish gymnast overcame a series of injuries so severe that doctors told him he would never walk again.
At just 5-feet-4-inches tall, Behan, 23, struggled with a series of setbacks that would change his life forever, but his unwavering spirit and dedication to his sport led him to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, reports The New York Times.
Behan first started gymnastics at the age of 8, when he excelled at tumbling. But by the time he was 10, doctors found a tumor the size of a golf ball in his leg.
Originally posted 02/23/2012 11:00AM
They're two of the biggest names in American sports – and now, they're friends.
New York Knicks star point guard Jeremy Lin, 23, and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow , 24 – both famously devout Christians – have "connected," Lin's former chaplain at Harvard, Adrian Tam, tells PEOPLE.
"They've spoken over the telephone. Jeremy's been a fan of Tebow's for a while, but only recently were they able to connect," says Tam of Lin, who's followed Tebow since his quarterback days on the national champion University of Florida football team.
"His comment to me was that Tim is a really great guy and that he's very inspired by him," adds Tam.
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