After Beating Cancer, Amputee Looks to Lose 180 Pounds


Bob Bowden beat cancer in 1999, but radiation treatments killed the bone in his leg meaning it eventually had to be amputated. 

That’s when the weight gain began.

“Like a 180 pounds, so yeah, I gained a little weight. I sat around and I think that’s been the thing with most amputees that I’ve met, they just sit,” says Bob Bowden.

So Bob Bowden and his son Bobby Bowden came up with a plan.

“I could video document him transitioning with his new leg but as he’s also losing the weight, learning how to live life again, and hopefully help people out along the way,” says son Bobby Bowden.

He created the YouTube channel Amputee Pa.

In the first video, you see Bob Bowden run for the first time in 5 years:

So where is Bob getting his motivation?

“My kids. They’ve told me that dad, you know if you don’t take care of yourself we’re going to end up losing you early, and they’re right. I’ve got grandkids and I’ve got a lot of things still to look forward to and I have a lot of things I can do,” says Bob Bowden.

And he’s inspiring others.

“Had people from around the world contact him who have a limb amputated about asking him for advice and just help so I figured it would be kind of cool as he’s losing the weight using his one leg and also other amputees along the way,” says son Bobby Bowden.

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