Cancer took John Leslie's leg when he was 10 years old. The following winter snowboarding changed his life. The Ottawa native is a snowboard Paralympian preparing to represent Canada in the 2018 games. This is his inspirational story, and this is his family.
“You told us we have no idea what we’re about to go face. But we’re going to do it as a family.” - John Leslie
In the lead up to the Para Snowboard World Championships in Kelowna, BC, CBC sports profiles Sandbox athlete John Leslie. At the age of 10, Leslie was diagnosed with an osteogenic sarcoma in his left knee and underwent a surgery which removed the cancerous bone in his knee. The surgery rotated and reattached his foot where his knee had been which allows his foot to operate his prosthetic. Check out the full interview below.