By Ben Romans
Every once in a while, you come across an article or video clip that makes you pause for a moment and put your life into perspective. This is one of them. And it's especially relevant to sportsmen.
It's an article in the Asbury Park Press by Bonnie Delaney about a teenager from Berkeley Township, New Jersey. Nick Santonastasso, 17, is a high-schooler who enjoys skateboarding, swimming, bicycling, music (he sings, plays the piano and drums) and sports—even lettering in varsity wrestling—but he’s especially fond of hunting and fishing, and doesn’t let anything prevent him from enjoying the outdoors.
At times, it’s all easier said than done. Nick was born with oromandibular limb hypogenesis syndrome (Hanhart syndrome), a rare condition that results in a lack of limbs, heart or kidney defects, or gastrointenstinal disorders. The youngest of four children, Nick was born without legs, a stump below the shoulder instead of a right arm, and while his left arm is normal, his hand has only one finger.