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Bristol senior gets prosthetic running blade

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Track star Billy King, of Bristol, received a special gift from the Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad. (WFSB) Track star Billy King, of Bristol, received a special gift from the Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad. (WFSB)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

A Bristol Eastern High School senior can hit the ground running once again after some help from the Channel 3 Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad.

Track star Billy King currently undergoes chemotherapy for Osteosarcoma, which is a type of bone cancer. Just two months ago, King had his leg amputated.

Although a difficult decision, King said he hopes that he can fulfill his dream of running, once again. Elijah King, brother to Billy, called him as an inspiration.

“He has taught me that people can be a lot stronger than they seem,” Elijah King said. “And that even in the worst of times, there’s something to look up to.”  

Billy King needed a prosthetic running blade to be able to run again, however it was not covered by insurance.

Joh Redfield, of the Hangar Clinic, decided to help.

“They’ll provide prosthetics for average, everyday use, but not for anything athletic, so that cost falls on the individual,” Redfield explained.

His family was trying to figure out medical bills as well as his college education.

Motivated by his friend and teammate, Joseph Franklin wrote to Eyewitness News about Billy’s story.

“He never seemed down about it,” Franklin said. “And that really motivated me.”

Franklin gathered all his classmates at school on their senior skip day for Billy, and the rest was a mystery.

Billy King and Franklin were both unaware of the gifts he would soon receive from the Channel 3 Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad.  Along with a gift card to Fleet Feet in West Hartford, Billy King was presented with a new running blade that would be custom fit and fabricated specifically to him.

“He will persevere despite all odds in whatever endeavors he pursues academically, athletically,” William King, who is Billy’s father, said.

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