If you ask Trevor Roberts if the road was difficult, you’ll get a quick shrug and a smile.
He’s over it.
“Just livin’ life,” he said.
The McLouth High School senior lost the lower part of his left leg last fall after a football injury.
A compound fracture of his tibia and fibula led to gangrene, and a doctor told him he’d either lose his leg or his life.
But today, he’s already back on the school’s baseball team and has plans to play even more sports.
And that’s thanks to the many people — both inside and outside the community — who extended a helping hand, Roberts and his guardians said.
“There are so many people, it’s just impossible to name them,” said Lisa Humerickhouse, Roberts’ legal guardian.
The donations have been coming from all over the place. Roberts got $3,000 from a man in California he’d never met, Humerickhouse said. A check came recently from the Basehor-Linwood school district for a fundraiser.
It’s not just money, either. The family has received videos of fellow amputees doing everything from driving a stick-shift car to playing golf.
“We’ve tried to send out thank-yous, but it’s almost impossible,” Humerickhouse said.
His baseball coach, Kevin Stewart, said Roberts is a full member of the team and participates in drills, practices and everything else. His good sense of humor keeps the team’s spirits high, he said.
Roberts said the only thing he can’t do is run. But he’s working on that, too. He’ll be going to Oklahoma this week to be fitted with a special prosthetic designed for running.
Still, hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching — he seems to have all that stuff down. Stewart said he’s just as coordinated and athletic as most of his teammates, even with a prosthetic.
“Going back, thinking about football, I mean, he was a great athlete then, but now you can really see how good of an athlete he is,” said Stewart, who also served as an assistant on the football team. “He’s hopping around on one leg, throwing people out, and he can pitch and do some other things. He’s a pretty special kid, and I definitely enjoyed coaching him.”
In the game in which he suffered his injury, Roberts had returned a kickoff for a touchdown, added two receiving touchdowns and had racked up 193 total yards — all in the first half.
Once he gets the prosthetic designed for running, Roberts said he’d like to try to participate on the high school track team.
Roberts and his guardians are still fighting an insurance company over a computerized knee, which would operate more smoothly than his current prosthetic. Still, his medical expenses have been nearly covered by the donations.
Now all that’s left is paying for college, Humerickhouse said, adding quickly that she didn’t think that was anybody else’s concern.
Roberts said he hopes to attend Kansas University next fall, though he still needs to take the ACT. He said he doesn’t yet know what he hopes to do with his life. He’s just taking it as it comes.
And what would he like to say to the people who helped him out?
“Just thanks,” he said. “I mean, they’ve been there since day one, and I still hear from them every now and again. It’s encouraging.”