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Mobility clinic draws dozens of amputees, builds confidence

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Mei Mei White was born missing one of her legs from the hip down. She's in fourth grade now and capable of getting around with the help of a prosthetic leg.

"Kids sort of make fun of me and things like that, and I just look at myself and say, ‘Hey, I can do anything, and I can even push through that pain and just keep going,'" said White.

The child's amazing attitude is nearly as inspiring as the dozens of amputees who joined her at the Challenged Athletes Foundation Mobility Clinic on Sunday.

Each amputee had a story and challenges to overcome and each took steps toward accomplishing their goals by attending the clinic.

Like White, Jay Fain is missing his right leg from the hip down. Unlike White, he lost his serving his country.

While serving in Iraq, Fain's unit was hit by an improvised explosive device. He lost friends and his leg but survived the attack.

His survival is what motivates him to live his life, according to Fain.

"Most people at my level [are] either just, you know, in the wheelchair or crutches," said Fain. "Being amputated all the way up to the hip, it's not really heard of that people like me run, even walk."

Fain can do both.

At the event, instructors walked the participants through drills that are designed to get them to move in a more natural way.

Their success was measured in the number of elated faces that could be seen both on the participants' and volunteers' faces.

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