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About Dwayne

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  • Birthday 07/12/1968

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    Clermont, Florida
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    Softball/Baseball, bowling, sports collectibles. All kinds of music! <br>Favorite baseball team Yankees, football Broncos, hockey Devils, BBall Nets, rock band Bon Jovi!

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  1. Dwayne

    Where Y'all from

    I live down by Mickey Mouse in the Sun Shine State. Middle of December and we have a cold front in today. It's only going to get to 65!! :D This is much better then the swamp (New Jersey) that I grew up in!!
  2. Dwayne

    Fun stuff

    There are lots of things but the biggest for me is playing softball/baseball. I had been playing baseball and softball my whole life until I started having trouble with my foot. When I had the amputation I realy thought my playing days were over. However less then a year after my surgery and 6 months after receiving my first prosthetic I made the attempt and found that I could do it. I started off pitching slow softball, then moving to first base and recently went to the batting cages and was able to hit 70 mph baseballs! Other things I enjoy doing.... Singing Karaoke, surfing the net, wrestling with my 2 golden retrievers..........
  3. Dwayne


    I love all kinds of music! It realy helps through the low days! I also enjoy singing, it can realy calm me down! Favorite is Bon Jovi. I guess that happens when your from NJ :) As far as dancing I haven't gone since I got my first prosthetic but in between my amputation and my first I went to a couple weddings and had a good old time on the dance floor in my wheel chair. My brother thought it was the best spinning me around and then passing me off to someone else, but then again I've always been a clown and this little bump in the road hasn't changed that!
  4. By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. - Neil Parry remained calm and collected as the quarters ticked by in his historic comeback game. He didn't get a chance to play until the fourth, but the uncertainty didn't get him down — not after the preparation and training it took just to get on that sideline. "I thought it would be a little earlier, but ... it was kind of fitting," Parry said. "I mean, why not wait another three quarters?" Nearly three years after Parry's lower right leg was amputated following a serious injury, Parry returned to San Jose State's special teams wearing a prosthetic right leg in the Spartans' 42-30 loss to Nevada. Untold hours of hard work culminated in one play for Parry — but now, he isn't satisfied by his amazing return as a blocker on the return unit. Next time, he wants to hit somebody. "I'm kind of mad I didn't do anything," Parry said. "I didn't hit anybody. That's all I wanted, was to get out there and get a hit. I just ran down the field." That disappointing run was nearly a miracle for his fans, family members and an appreciative crowd. His comeback required 25 operations, 15 prosthetic legs and a determination that awed everyone who knew him. Parry's dream came true when he joined quarterback Scott Rislov and defensive end Philip Perry as team captains for the pregame coin toss. San Jose State made a second-half rally, cutting a 23-point deficit to five, but lost. Chance Kretschmer rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns, and Andy Heiser passed for 291 yards as the Wolf Pack racked up 563 total yards and 29 first downs. "Setbacks make great opportunities for comebacks, which is what this young man did here," San Jose State coach Fitz Hill said. "We'll take his example as a role model for this football team. Hopefully he'll get in there a lot more this year." Parry is believed to be the first non-kicker ever to suit up for NCAA (news - web sites) football with a prosthetic limb. He received a standing ovation from the Spartan Stadium crowd when his name was announced. Parry took the field with his teammates for warmups an hour before game time — and except for the media horde of cameras and reporters who followed his every move, he was indistinguishable from the other San Jose State players. Dressed in his dark blue No. 32 jersey, Parry participated in stretching exercises with ease, smiling while twisting his prosthetic right leg in wide circles and sweeping motions. Several fans in the typically small San Jose State crowd wore No. 32 shirts in anticipation. But Nevada scored touchdowns on its first four drives, keeping Parry on the sidelines. He was active, slapping his teammates' helmets and yelling encouragement to the special teams. "I think he wanted it to happen (early) so badly, just to get it over with," said Josh Parry, Neil's older brother who plays with the Philadelphia Eagles (news). With 13:45 to play, the Wolf Pack finally got stranded deep in their own territory. The crowd began to chant "Parry! Parry!" as he sprinted onto the field and lined up over the right guard. He hit two players on the snap, then ran easily down the field but couldn't find a block on the return. "I didn't do everything I hoped I was going to do," Parry said. "I wanted to get one of those big blocks, and I will. I didn't even think about missing my leg. I just thought about what I had to do." Parry got another standing ovation and more chants of his name as he left the field with a shake of his head. He wasn't in the game when Nevada punted later in the fourth because San Jose State used a different blocking scheme. Parry severely broke his right leg while playing on kickoff coverage during a game at UTEP on Oct. 14, 2000. Serious infections developed in his leg, and it was amputated nine days later. Josh Parry was a team captain and star linebacker when his walk-on younger brother was injured three years ago. Josh made Philadelphia's practice squad this summer as a fullback — and the Eagles' bye week gave him a chance to see his brother's comeback. "I love the game," Josh Parry said. "But I just don't know if I have what he has." Link for pictures is http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...mputee_player_1
  5. Dwayne

    Where Are You From?

    Great idea Mandy! Clermont, Florida (near Disney) in the house!!
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    Those are so cool!! Just what I've been looking for while playing softball! Another distraction for the batter to look at ;) I think I'm going to get the American Flag and one of those neon ones!!
  7. Dwayne

    Air Travel

    Deb, Bulk head seating is the best to sit in but you have to make sure that the plane that you are traveling on doesn't have the emergency doors in that row. Some do, some don't. As far as airports I haven't had too many problems. When you get there just see someone from you airline and they can get a wheel chair to bring you right up to your gate. They will take the shoe of your prosthetic but I haven't had them make me take my leg off yet Dwayne
  8. Dwayne

    Hello from Florida

    Nope not going for the olympics... (at least not yet) :) Playing softball takes enough out of me and all I'm doing is pitching!! I've managed to hobble to first with a hit already this year! Just beacuse I saw this asked, I had my prosthetic done by ABC Prosthetics. They have locations around central Florida. Their web site is http://www.abcamputee.com/locations.htm
  9. Dwayne

    Hello from Florida

    Hey Deb, Welcome to the boards!! Where in Florida do you go to therapy?? I'm going to the Olympic Training Center in Lake County! What a great facility!! Just hang in there things will get better! I had my amputation a year ago (6/02) and I just started playing softball again in a Leesburg Coed league!
  10. Dwayne

    Hello from Florida

    Hello all! I am a 34 (soon to be 35) year old LEFT BK amputee living in sunny central Florida! I had my amputation in June of 2002 due to a complication from Diabetes. I am on my 2nd leg now and things are starting to finaly get back to normal. I am going through therapy and will be entering the job market again some time this summer. Is anyone else from the Florida area?