Brian Frasure lost his left leg when he was a student at NC State, the tragic result of an accident while he and some friends were hopping on a train traveling through campus.
But after some initial setbacks, Frasure went on to graduate from NC State in 1996 and then push himself to become an elite Paralympic sprinter. He won 55 medals (including 32 gold medals) and set or helped set five world records.
“He exemplifies the true meaning of what the human spirit is about,” Dennis Oehler, a fellow Paralympian, said in a 2008 article in NC State magazine about Frasure. “He not only overcame a disability, he is an ambassador for our sport and for humanity.”
Frasure said in the article that he found himself trying to fill multiple rolls.
“As an athlete, I want to win,” he said. “But as an ambassador of the sport, I want to see it grow, and I want to see new athletes do well…IF I can share my knowledge of prosthetics to do that, then that’s what needs to be done.”
Frasure will share his story on campus this week, when he speaks at 3 p.m. Thursday at the auditorium in D.H. Hill Library as part of the library’s Amazing Alumni series. The event is free and open to the public.
Frasure is now a certified prosthetist with iWalk, a company that helps veterans and other amputees regain mobility with bionic products.