Ralph Mindicino lost his right leg to bone cancer when he was 14 years old. After his amputation, a Vietnam veteran who had lost a leg during the war visited Mindicino. “He encouraged me to have more faith in my own abilities and not be afraid to use crutches or an artificial leg,” he says. Mindicino, who has been an amputee for almost 35 years, finds it to be a continuous hardship that affects him both emotionally and physically. “I always think about this whenever I hear about those who are wounded in war,” he says.