Amputee Camp Builds Confidence for Warner Robins Girl

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For most kids, going to summer camp is a chance to try new things and meet new friends.

For 12-year-old Jordan Kozloski from Warner Robins, it's all that and more.

She says a special camp in Ohio gives her the confidence to compete year round.

Jordan Kozloski shoots for the skies in everything she takes on, be it basketball or academic aspirations.

She said, "I want to study rocks and be a geologist."

Her belief in herself hasn't always been so strong.

Jordan said, "My dad ran over me with a lawn mower by accident. He didn't mean to."

Jordan was two years old when the accident happened.

Her father, Mike Kozloski, said, "The lawn mower cut off, and I heard my wife screaming, and I just prayed it was the dog. It wasn't. It was Jordan."

He said Jordan was in bad shape, and nearly bled to death.

Mike said, "She squeezed my finger, squeezed it as hard as she had ever squeezed it and said, 'Daddy, I be fine. Daddy, I be fine.' Tore my heart that day."

Jordan's words turned out to the truth.

She will tell you now that she is fine, actually, better than fine. Jordan plays a half-dozen sports.

She leaves for an amputee camp in Ohio this week. Jordan said, "There's some like me, but some kids lost like two legs, one arm, or one leg and two arms."

Jordan has been to the Amputee Coalition Camp before. She says it's helped her on and off the court.

She said, "It's helped me understand you don't have to be ashamed of what you are."

Jordan once struggled to talk about her prosthetic limb. That's not the case now.

Her father has saved each of her prosthetic legs, as she has grown-up.

Jordan chats easily about the patterns on the legs and how they worked for her.

Holding the first prosthetic limb she wore, Jordan said, "My mom likes this leg, because it says 'God is a great artist'."

Occasionally, Jordan has discomfort. Sometimes she gets frustrated, but she is not letting either one stand in the way of reaching her goals.

Jordan dreams of playing basketball for the Crimson Tide at the University of Alabama.

As for the camp she'll attend this week, it's paid for by the non-profit Amputee Coalition.

The organization has sent nearly 800 children with limb loss to camp since 2000.

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