GRAND CHUTE, Wis. On Saturday a team of athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who lost limbs are making a difference for kids and the community during the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball game at the Fox Cities Stadium.
Josh Wege walks back to the dugout during the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball game
The game is more than just about playing softball for U.S. Marine veteran, Josh Wege. Wege lost both his legs in Afghanistan at the age of 19, he was shaken up after the incident but never quit.
"When I got prosthetics things got better and better and better and I've never been a quitter at anything, I hate the idea of plateauing so this team after I got done with therapy was the next step," said Wege.
Wege says the team is a brotherhood of military veterans who have suffered traumatic injuries.
That is something that we can all work through, we can help each other out, but after about a year of traveling we realized we could do so much more, and we can serve beyond the military uniform, so this time we got to throw on a softball jersey and serve in a different light, it gave us purpose," Wege adds.
"Not only did they serve their country and suffer these injuries but rather than feel sorry for themselves, they went on to continue to serve the community and these children and give back constantly," said Greg Bresnehan, the event organizer.
The money raised from Saturday’s games will go towards sending young amputee children to a life changing camp, amputee research and medical equipment for veterans. The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team says their goal is not just to raise money, but also to inspire other amputees and people in the community that life without a limb is limitless.
Wege hopes the children's camp will give the kids a chance to be kids.
"We're just there to treat them like a kid. I mean that's what they deserve. They don't necessarily deserve what happened to them but they deserve to be kids and we want to treat them like that, we want to treat them like they're normal and I think at the end of the camp they're proud of who they are and we teach them how to conquer their circumstance," Wege said.
"It's amazing to me the resilience of these guys, they're amazing guys," added Bresnehan.