“We're not asking for much, just an arm and a leg,” Limbs for Life Chairman Doug Brooks joked, referring to the charity's motto. Brooks' leg was amputated after he was hit by a car while jogging in Plano, Texas, a few years ago.
“One moment I was a healthy guy training for a marathon, the next I was lying in the street bleeding to death,” he said.
The businessman, husband and father of two said he wondered if he would lose his job, if people would laugh at him or if he'd ever feel whole again.
“I have to be honest; I didn't gain momentum again until I got fitted for a prosthetic leg. There's a lot of things you can do with your limbs but there's not much you can do without them.”
Brooks said he was “a very lucky amputee.”
“Most people can't afford a prosthetic leg that costs as much as a new car. Most people who lose a limb don't have insurance. When you give someone a limb you give them life.
“I realized that just because you lose a leg, it doesn't mean your life is over. I realized you should never put a period where God intended there to be a comma,” he told the students. “That's your grammar lesson for the day.”