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12-Year-Old One-Armed Bowler

A 12-year-old Indiana boy lost his arm in a U-T-V crash.

But he's not letting his dream of being a bowling champ go into the gutter.

Strike ...

After strike ...

12-year-old Mark Rodgers has what it takes to bring home the gold.

I bowled a 244, a 194 and then a 135 which stunk.

But Mark is unlike any other 12-year-old in his bowling league. He only has one arm.

Things just don't always work out. I had to turn around and come back and try my very best to do it with my right arm, and it's turned out pretty well.

His left arm, which was his dominant arm, was amputated last year after he was involved in a U-T-V accident.

The first day I got out of the hospital I was like 'mom, let's go bowling.

She's like 'Ha, I haven't got any sleep.'

He won't give up. He's determined, and he just keeps getting better everyday. He just amazes me more and more.

And while Mark continues to amaze his mother, and beat the odds he says although he's been close, he's ready to achieve the goal of every bowler: bowl a perfect game.

One of my goals is to bowl a three hundred. But you know, you don't always get what you want.

Mark recently took 1st place in the Indiana Middle School Regionals tournament in Indianapolis.

He now advances to state finals this Saturday.


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