For a disabled person, sport is a wonderful way to integrate into society. Through sport, we rebuild our carnal envelope and we easily go toward the others.

In 1994 at age 3, Jean-Baptiste became a victim of the genocide in Burundi that changed his life forever. Barbarians armed with machetes entered his house and took him and his mother. His mother was killed and he suffered many machete punches, resulting in the loss of his leg. For four years he learned to walk on one foot. In 1997 Jean’s father sent him to France to be fitted with a prosthesis. He stayed and was adopted by a family of Montelimar, the Alaize family. He learned quickly that sports transcend people and fell in love with athletics.

Jean-Baptiste Alaize is a part of the French Paralympic Team and became a World Junior Champion and World Junior record holder in the long jump. JB is a patient in our West Columbia, SC Office.

His past leads him to transcend himself. “Disability does not diminish the universal emotions of sport, to the joy of victory, to the distress of defeat. For a disabled person, sport is a wonderful way to integrate into society. Through sport, we rebuild our carnal envelope and we easily go toward the others.”

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