Even if he could, Cameron Clapp would not go back in time and prevent the accident that took both of his legs and his right arm almost 14 years ago.
Partying with friends, a then 15-year-old Clapp passed out on a railroad track in front of his California home.
“It was three days after 9-11,” Clapp said. “We had made a memorial of candles, a flag and shining a spotlight for the victims of the terrorist attacks. I was drinking a lot. I just happened to be on the railroad track and passed out.
“I didn’t see or hear the train coming. The train ran over me. It’s a miracle I’m alive. To this day, I have so much gratitude for my life. Every day there is so much opportunity to overcome and be resilient in the face of adversity.
“I would not change what has happened to me because it has given me the life I live today, and I live life to the fullest.”
Part of living his life to the fullest includes athletics. Clapp was fast as a kid.
“I was like the fastest kid in school, me and my twin brother,” Clapp said. “I had no clue what would be possible after I lost my legs and my arm.”
He credits Hanger Orthopedic and Prosthetics in Oklahoma City for helping him reach those possibilities. Less than a year after his accident, Clapp participated in his first Endeavor Games in Edmond with his new legs from Hanger.
On Friday and Saturday, the 28-year-old Santa Maria, Calif., resident will be competing in his 13th Endeavor Games.