Tima Fergione spent almost the first four years of his life in a body cast in a Kazakhstan orphanage.
Born with double hip dysplasia, he had numerous operations before the age of 3. The cast was enlarged as he grew. He never crawled or walked.
A world away, in Granby, Jim Fergione was having a mid-life crisis. Instead of getting a Corvette, he likes to joke, he decided to adopt some children.
Thirteen years later, on Wednesday, Jim watched as Tima, now a junior at Granby High, warmed up with his cross country teammates before a race. He would ultimately not compete Wednesday because of shin splint pain, but he hoped to be ready to race next week.