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April 2, 2009
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Amputee actor and athlete to give free public lecture April 21 at Shoppingtown Mall

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Cameron Clapp, an amputee actor and athlete, will bring his inspirational story of perseverance and strength to Central New York when he presents a free public lecture April 21 at Shoppingtown Mall in Dewitt.

Clapp will speak at University Hospital’s HealthLink/Oasis Learning Center located on the lower level of mall. The program begins at 6 p.m. To register, call 315-464-8668.

On September 15, 2001, four days after the tragedy of 9/11, 15-year-old Cameron Clapp experienced his own devastating tragedy—he was struck by a train and lost both legs and his right arm in the accident. He was told by members of the medical community that he would never walk again, but Clapp was determined to prove them wrong. Five months after the accident, Clapp began walking independently, proving that spirit and determination can conquer even the worst odds.

Now 21, Clapp, who wears two microprocessor-controlled prosthetic legs, travels the country sharing his incredible survival story with fellow amputees, teenagers, and members of the medical community. He also runs and swims competitively. Clapp has been featured in numerous national and international news programs and publications, including The TODAY Show, CBS Evening News, CBS Early Show, The New York Times, Discovery Channel’s Medical Incredible, and CNN. He has also acted in HBO’s Emmy award-winning original series Carnivale and NBC’s hit comedy My Name is Earl.

Earlier in the day, Clapp will meet with physicians, medical residents and patients at University Hospital.

Clapp’s appearance in Central New York is made possible by Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics.

For more on Clapp, visit

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