Amputee Runs in 5 K Race

April 10, 2011 Updated Apr 10, 2011 at 7:24 PM EDT

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April 10, 2011 Updated Apr 10, 2011 at 7:24 PM EDT


Buffalo (WKBW) Running in a 5 K race is an accomplishment in itself. Running a 5 K race with only one leg is something far greater. That's exactly what Kevin Degnan did Sunday afternoon.

Only a few months ago, Degnan had to have his leg amputated. A result of a car accident in 1986, after surgery, complications, and infections, Kevin's doctor decided to remove his leg. Sunday, Kevin's journey back to the sport he loves was completed.

"Step by step, day by day, and if you stay with it and are consistent, believe in yourself, you can do it," Kevin Degnan said, "and here I am."

After rehab and a custom made running prosthetic, Kevin is back on his feet and hitting the ground running at the "Shoes for Shelter Race," a 5 K run through Forest Lawn Cemetary.

Twenty nine minutes and twenty five seconds later, Kevin Degnan finished the race.

"I'm very satisfied, couldn't be happier, and thanks to all those who helped me," Degnan said after the race.

He was swarmed by family and friends who attended the race, all to support their brother, son, and friend.

"I was there with him in the hospital that morning with fear in his eyes, and now six months later, look at him, its unbelievable," Brian Degnan, Kevin's brother said.

As for what's next for Kevin, he says the sky is not the limit. According to Kevin, there is no limit.