A few weeks ago, I had an amazing opportunity and honor to work with former Army Green Beret Capt. Ben Harrow for US Lacrosse Magazine as part of their Best of Lax end of year issue. I’m very fortunate my job allows me to meet a wide variety of people who are truly inspiring. This was by-far the most humbling assignment I had this year.
Ben served 3 tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. On May 15, 2012, Harrow stepped on an IED loosing his legs and a few fingers in the blast. There was so much damage he was told he’d never walk again as his right femur was too short for prosthetics, which would make him wheelchair bound. Through an experimental procedure called osseo-distraction, his femur was broken multiple times and a device was inserted to help it grow 6.5 inches longer, enabling him to be fitted for prosthetics and the ability to walk again. He was the first amputee patient in America to have this procedure, which has now become common for other soldiers at Walter Reed with similar Harrow a former attackman, turned short-stick midfielder while attending Army hadn’t played lacrosse in 11 years until this summer at Shootout for Soldiers. The experience at Shootout for Soldiers brought closure to his lacrosse career, but he’s currently competing as a sled hockey goalie on international teams.
Here’s a few of my favorites and out-takes from the project.