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Amputee runner Michael Assefa of Frankfort puts on his running blade, a special prosthetic he uses for track and other sports. Assefa will represent the U.S. in the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports World Games in August this year. Photo by Rebecca Susmarski/22nd Century Media
Michael Assefa (red hat) and friend Micaela Tucker (left, neon shorts) pose for a photo in March 2013, when the two participated in a 5K Color Run event in Nashville, Tenn. Photo submitted.
Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor
6:48 pm CDT March 31, 2014

When a little boy at AutoZone stared at Michael Assefa’s prosthetic running blade recently, Assefa responded by lifting the blade and saying “It’s cool, isn’t it? Just like Iron Man!”

The positive response is characteristic of the 21-year-old Lincoln-Way East alum. Assefa lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident, but during the past three years, has risen to become one of 31 representatives from the United States in the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports World Games.