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SYSK: Jonathan Litzkow


by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- "They didn't think I'd make it through the night. As you can see, I pushed through," said Jonathan Litzkow.

And Jonathan Litzkow is still "pushing" through in his wheelchair.

He describes himself as fun, outgoing and athletic.

He participates in tennis, basketball and cross country.

According to the Iowa High School Athletic Association, he's the first person ever in the state to participate in high school cross country in a wheelchair.

"I'm up to do anything. Anything that sounds like fun to me," said Litzkow.

Besides being an athlete, he's also a student at Waterloo West High.

"I have it good for people in my position. There are always people who are worse off," he said.

Litzkow doesn't remember walking. He was two years old when the accident happened. He was injured at his dad's salvage yard. What he knows beyond that is based on what others told him.

"Well, he was pulling out a truck to move cars around, so he was dragging the truck out and I decided to go around the back of it. He didn't see me there so he keep pulling, and since he didn't see me it hit me and my spine basically swelled up and crushed nerves," said Litzkow.

He was in intensive care for about a week, but he just doesn't quit.

"This kid, for him, there's no limits. I mean he can go so far and if he puts his mind to it, he can do it," said classmate and friend Michael Greve.

Litzkow's unchanging goal is to go to the paralympics for track.

"I don't think I'm ever going to stop having that goal until I achieve it," he said.

It may not always be easy, but it's his life, and he wouldn't change a thing.

"You get to prove people wrong all the time. That's the best part about it," said Litzkow.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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