This Bone Cancer Survivor Is Lighting Up The Internet–One Tap Dance At A Time
Evan Ruggiero, who calls himself Lord Pegleg, is a man who moves to his own beat. He doesn’t let his health issues stop him from doing what he loves. At the age of 6, he fell in love with tap dancing. He was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 19 that cost his right leg and nearly ended his dreams of becoming a professional tap dancer.
For my friends in college who treated me nothing less than the person I was prior to losing my leg, thank you. We had some crazy nights, didn't we? When people ask me, "What kept you sane? How do you stay positive with something like that going on?" Most of the responses include: "Being a 20 year old college student. Defying your doctor's recommendations (within reason…) sometimes. Springing yourself out of the hospital after a lung surgery so you can attend a house party in your hospital robes. Adding normalcy to your life." Thank you @dancersofny for capturing a real side of me. A 20 year old Evan who just wants to have fun.
Despite losing a leg, he kept his dream alive. He battled cancer one step at a time as he practiced dancing. Less than a week after his last chemotherapy session, Evan returned to the dance studio so he could learn how to dance with a prosthetic leg. Now his unique way of dancing is going viral on the internet.
He’s inspiring the world with his amazing story of hope and perseverance. Evan’s story proves that nothing should get in the way of your dreams. This beautiful story is part of the Human Condition series on the Great Big Story. This YouTube account shared extraordinary and inspiring stories about unique people from around the world.
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