Skateboarder Buddy Elias Loses Leg Due To Smoking & Buerger's ...

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"This week's Rise Above introduces Buddy Elias who lost his leg due to a rare disease called Thromboangiitis Obliterates (aka ""Buerger's Disease""). Buddy was a skateboarder prior to surgery and after the doctors removed his leg, he turned to skateboarding to keep himself anchored and comeback from his struggle.

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"I and my friend Jim thought that for getting famous in the school we have to follow the rules of looking cool. And the rules were very simple: smoking and drinking."


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