EDGEWOOD, N.M. (KRQE) - A New Mexico Marine who lost both legs in an attack in Afghanistan is set to compete in the Warrior Games this weekend in Colorado.
Lance Cpl. Ivan Sears is training to compete in the hand cycling and wheelchair racing events after two months of training.
Sears lost his legs when he was caught in the blast of an improvised explosive in Afghanistan in 2010. He spent the last two years learning to walk and run. Now he is taking on his next challenge. He has a message to other amputees and wounded vets.
"You don't stop living," Sears aid. "You keep going. You can still do a lot. You just change it a little bit; that's all."
Sears says his next goal is the Paralympics. He says he's inspired by his coach who is a Paralympian.
Sears say he's been helped through this journey by fellow wounded warriors.
"Everyone knows my experience," he said. "We all have the same experience, but our stories are a little different."
The Warrior Games begin Saturday in Colorado Springs.
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