A loss of limb, but not of spirit

Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Zambon, severely wounded in Afghanistan, lost both of his legs to a bomb, an event that may have changed his life, but has failed to define him, or limit his actions.

Two years have passed since that day in Helmand province when Zambon became a victim of a buried bomb. In describing the incident, he’s matter-of-fact.

“I got blown up,” he said.

Since then, Zambon has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, burying the dog tags of two deceased Marines at the peak. He’s served as a navigator in the 5,000-mile Dakar Rally off-road race in South America. And he’s taken a lead role in the Heroes Project in Los Angeles, which aids wounded soldiers in discovering that they can still take command of their lives post-injury.

Read more on Zambon’s endurance in reporter Tony Perry’s story.

Photos: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Amazing story. Let’s log some miles for the Wounded Warrior Project in his honor!

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