Colleyville Youngster Continues to Inspire

By Kristi Nelson
|  Thursday, Feb 25, 2010  |  Updated 8:00 PM CDT
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Eight-year-old Cody McCasland is learning to race in specially-designed wheelchairs.

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Colleyville Youngster Continues to Inspire

8-year-old Cody McCasland continues to challenge himself, next he'll enter the Cowtown 10K with a new specially designed wheelchair.
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There's not much 8-year-old Cody McCasland can't do -- something he keeps proving over and over again.

Cody was born with a rare birth defect that led to both his legs being amputated when he just 15 months old, but that has never slowed him down.

He runs races with his prosthetic legs, is a competitive swimmer and is now learning to race in specially-designed wheelchairs.

"I want to be in a lot of races,” Cody said. “I am training in my racing wheelchair so I can get more speed and I can get used to it more.”

With his latest project, Cody is not only challenging himself. He said wants everyone to be active, have fun and work hard to overcome perceived obstacles.

"It makes you get strong, and when you practice, you get better and better at it,” he said.

Cody's mother, Tina McCasland, said she feels her son is helping to change the world.

"Seeing Cody going out and doing races like The Cowtown is just not only an inspiration to me, but it's great to see him out there to show others that, just because you have a difference, that doesn't mean you can't do something. You just do it a little bit differently," she said.

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