Tom Belz | TEDxMannheimSalon

Climbing the Kilimanjaro, I want to prove that a physical impairment is not automatically a disability

Tom Belz

At the age of 8, Tom Belz fell ill with bone cancer and his left leg was amputated. For him, the biggest fear was to be labeled as ‚disabled‘ in the future. Doctors, physiotherapists, and psychologists tried to convince him to wear a prosthesis, however, Tom didn’t see himself as a prosthesis user. He rebelled against all well-meant advices and decided to live a normal, albeit extraordinary life without prosthesis - with only one leg and two crutches. Motivated by his skeptical environment, Tom played soccer in a normal club for three years, learned to swim and played the drums. Athletic challenges are an opportunity for him to show himself and the rest of the world that everyone has to carry one’s burden.

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