Back in 1969, the year Apollo 11 landed on the Moon and the Boeing 747 jumbo jet made its debut, technological ingenuity was the pride of all Americans throughout the nation. But one 9-year-old boy growing up in Franklinton, North Carolina, pinned his hopes on a doctor from India.
Born without an ankle bone, Bobby spent years in a built-up shoe and brace. Doctors attempted to replicate a surgery which at that time was only done successfully by a doctor in India. Unfortunately, Bobby’s surgery failed. It would be four more years before his below the knee amputation was done to improve his quality of life.
For a young boy, that meant learning to live with name calling and all the challenges of learning to walk in a prosthetic and growing up and growing out of different types of devices every four years. But Bobby wouldn’t be deterred. He had goals he wanted to reach.
Bobby would attend community college and then move on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C. and started working in an Emergency Room. It was there that someone noticed his calm and cool demeanor and ever-so-friendly people skills. He was asked to join the Holiday Inn Capitol Hill staff.
Starting in Reservations, Bobby spent the next eight years in Sales before his physical challenges led to more surgeries and disability. He was on dialysis for five years and received a kidney transplant in 2014, a year after additional limb removal above-the-knee.
But Bobby pulled himself up again, as he had always done. Now living in Durham, North Carolina, he started volunteering for the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau. That led to working part-time at the Durham Performing Arts Center where he enjoys getting to meet people and watching the shows.
That performance appreciation kicked in again for Bobby when he was asked to participate as a runway model for Charlotte’s Runway for Peace fashion show. He was attending an amputee clinic at the Center for Orthotic & Prosthetic Care in Durham when the opportunity presented itself.
And while he wasn’t familiar with UNYQ at that moment, Bobby was enthusiastic about what he heard and saw.
“As an amputee for 43 years, I’ve seen and used a lot of different devices, he said. Today’s technology is really incredible compared to the past. And it just keeps getting better. I love the idea of UNYQ and its personalization. I’m about to get a new socket and I’m looking forward to getting a permanent UNYQ cover, too. I’ll be a whole new man.”
Bobby’s runway outfit and artistic UNYQ Armor™ designed by Charlotte artist Marcus Kiser was dubbed ‘cool man.’ It fit Bobby’s quiet personality perfectly. So yes, thanks in part to UNYQ, Bobby is about to be a whole new man. And a cool man at that.