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Fremont student gets a new pair of running blades

Posted at 6:31 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 12:00:15-05

FREMONT, Neb. (KMTV) - It was a special moment for one Fremont student on Monday.

Nathan Leetsch, a double amputee, got a big surprise at school on Monday when he found out he was the recipient of a new pair of legs.

Nathan was born with a disease that left him without certain bones in his legs and feet. At a young age, he lost both his legs and had to learn how to walk with prosthetics.

The problem was his current prosthetics can be painful and leave him with sores. Now, thanks to major donations from the Blade 5K race, an annual event that raises money for amputees, Nathan is getting two new running blades.

"It will help me be able to have more fun than I am already able to,” Nathan said. “I will want to go outside way much, ignore my phone way much.”

The Blade 5K race has raised about $11,000 so far. They hope to double that before the big race this summer.