The Jack Way: Bellevue Wrestler With Rare Birth Defect Connects With Idol

The Jack Way: Bellevue Wrestler With Rare Birth Defect Connects With Idol

Source: KOMO News

Jack was born with PFFD, a rare birth defect that left him with no hip sockets and two short legs. His mother put him up for adoption, and the first prospective parents pulled out when they learned of his PFFD. But soon Jack found a home in Bellevue with Kurt and Sherry Clark. They adopted Jack, not knowing what his future held. Then they visited doctors at Seattle Children’s and realized he could live a happy and active life. Twelve years later, Jack wears a prosthetic to even out his short legs and is an avid athlete. He joined the Eastside Wrestling Club last year, and has proved himself a natural. Jack’s drive was born when he laid eyes on Anthony Robles, who won an NCAA wrestling national championship in 2011 even though he was born with one leg. Last month, Anthony Robles called Jack after Seattle Children’s called him. The two became fast friends, discussing life on and off the mat.

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