05 Jul '17, 4pm

Col. Daniel Dudek honors family at 2017 DOD Warrior Games

Col. Daniel Dudek honors family at 2017 DOD Warrior Games

CHICAGO - On a cool summer morning on the Northside of Chicago, Col. Daniel Dudek enters his fifth lap on the track at Lane Technical College Preparatory High School. He's practicing for the DOD 2017 Warrior Games wheelchair racing competition; one of 38 athletes competing for Team Army. For Dudek, Lane Tech is hallowed ground. His father, who died just last year, ran cross country track at Lane Tech. That was more than 50 years ago. "I can't believe I'm finally here. I feel like I'm spending time with Dad again", Dudek said. Dudek suffered a spinal cord injury in 2007 after an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle. The blast left him with limited mobility in his legs, requiring him to use his arms to get around most of the time. However this new reality did not dampen his spirit. "Listen, if you have an ounce of positivity, it will go out into the world exponenti...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/190302

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