Wichita woman turns tragedy into triumph, one swing at a time

When the Lawrence family moved to Wichita 14 years ago, life was good. They had a new home, a new baby, then everything changed.

Cindy and Mark Lawrence had just returned from the hospital with their their son Mitchel and newborn daughter Natashia. Cindy had circulation issues in her legs and the couple knew they had to rush to the hospital.

After one surgery after another, doctors only one option left, take Cindy's legs.

"I just kept saying my feet hurt, my feet hurt and they kept telling me you don't have your feet anymore," says Cindy.

Cindy did recover but rehab was another story. "The first time she got into those parallel bars and the smile that was on her face just gave me chills," Mark says. "I cried of course cause it was just incredible to see we're going to be okay."

"It was you know a whole new learning experience," says Cindy. One of her biggest goals was to start golfing again. She had to learn how to swing again with prosthetic legs. "Part of the rehab therapy took me to a park and squatted down and held my bottom while I started trying to swing a club."

14 years later she's doing just that, golfing with family and friends every chance that she gets.

"She wants to play me with a stroke a hole and I got to play some Woody Austin type golf," Mark says.

Cindy says her handicap is 14 for nine holes. "Yes I have beaten both my brothers and my dad and they don't like playing with me anymore."

"This part here with her being an amputee makes it different not harder," says Mark. "It's much easier having her here the way she is than not having her at all."

Cindy competed in the 2nd annual Nebraska Amputee Golf Tournament this past July.

 

 
When the Lawrence family moved to Wichita 14 years ago, life was good. They had a new home, a new baby, then everything changed.