Bestselling author and motivational speaker, Joshua Sundquist lost his leg to cancer at the age of nine and was told that he would not live long past his 10th birthday. He surprised everyone by proving the doctors wrong and started professional skiing at the age of 17. He went on to join the Paralympic skiing team and after competing in the IX Paralympic Games in Turin, Italy in 2006, he retired from the sport. He then embarked a training regime to get fitter at the gym and changed his body so dramatically that he entered, and won, the Body-for-Life Contest in 2006. Josh now plays soccer for fun and has a long-term girlfriend called Ashley. And if he has done all this already, what’s stopping you?
My Halloween Costumes
"I have a girlfriend. Her name is Ashley"
"Ashley’s mom gave me a box of their family’s single mismatched socks. It’s like Christmas!"
"Football exhibition today with wounded warriors and fellow members of the US National Amputee Soccer Team. Audience of 800, including Ashley."
"I scored a goal that put us in the lead and eventually brought us the win. Back when I lost my leg, I thought I had lost soccer, too. But sometimes things don’t turn out how you thought they would. Sometimes they turn out better."
"My tenth birthday party, which doctors thought might be my last. Maybe that’s why I look so serious. Like I was gazing into those candles contemplating my mortality or something. If anyone has access to a time machine, please go back and tell that boy that he survives, his hair grows back, and today he is celebrating another (much happier) birthday with his girlfriend Ashley."
"I met Tony Pearson when I was three. We were neighbors and instant BFFs. Even when I had cancer, he came over almost daily to play. Today, I am a groomsman in his wedding."
"My solemate Stephen and I exchanged single shoes today! He’s missing his right leg. I’m missing my left. Boom."