Meet Jack, An 11-Year-Old Who Runs His Way to Trophies and Medals With Prosthetic Legs

Jack Cunningham is a normal kid. He does well in school. He loves playing sports and hanging out with friends and family. He also happens to be missing both of his legs... But he hasn't let his condition stop him from living life to the fullest.


Jack is the lone survivor of a triplet pregnancy. He lost one of his siblings in utero and his other brother, Liam, died of a heart defect 26 days after they were born. Of Liam, Jack says: "He's probably my guardian angel."

Because Jack, too, suffered complications from the pregnancy. He was born without fibula bones, so when he was just a year old, he underwent a bilateral amputation that removed both of his legs. Despite the physical and emotional challenges of his birth, Jack is a thriving 5th grader whose story is incredibly inspiring.

11-year-old Jack enchants his family, friends, and even strangers with his positivity and good-naturedness. Thanks to his vibrant and infectious personality, people have nothing but good things to say about Jack.

"Jack is always very nice... he always has your back... he has a really good conscience," are just some of the things you will hear his best friends and soccer teammates say about him.

"My brother is definitely an inspiration, he always keeps up, he's really funny, and he's fun to play games and sports with," says Jack's older sister, Katelin. Jack's love for sports started when he was old enough to start playing them with her—and his supportive parents swallowed their nervousness in order to support his ambitions.

"We wanted to get him involved in sports. The only concerns we had when we put him in sports was... maybe a leg flying off," jokes Jack's dad, Tim.

Their worries were valid, but they were quickly comforted by Jack's proficiency with his prosthetic legs. Not only is Jack an incredible friend and brother, he's a truly amazing athlete. Along with soccer, Jack loves swimming, cross country, and track. He holds national records for the Junior Paralympics in USA Track and Field for his classifications, and hopes to one day compete in the Paralympics.

Jack's can-do attitude has opened up so many possibilities for him, and he recognizes how much optimism has helped him accomplish his goals. When asked to give advice, Jack said: "I want them to know that no matter how far you go, you can always go farther."

That advice captures who Jack Cunningham is to-a-t: a winner, an optimist, and an inspiration to all of us.

This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Paul Galan, and edited by Kellie Sieban. Special thanks to Rob Decina for introducing HooplaHa to Jack and his amazing story. For more inspiring stories, follow us on Facebook and sign up for our Only Good News Newsletter.

Family and Friends Help Teacher Become a Bakery Owner - Vines Bakery

Vines Bakery got its start when Julianna Hritz finally listened to her heart instead of her head. She graduated in 2016 from Ashland University with a degree in Family and Consumer Science Education. When she was handed her diploma, she decided her heart wasn't in the public school classroom and took a leap of faith to follow her childhood dream instead.

Keep reading... Show less

Community Organization Fueled By Kindness And Causes

Have you ever had a moment when you felt you just couldn't go on? Home, job, relationship… all in tatters? Bree Pear faced this moment. She struggled with ways to face her adversity, and eventually found a way forward to a better place. Her journey is the origination story for the company she founded called "Only Human" – a community of good humans doing good things for good causes.

Keep reading... Show less

Student’s High Five Inspires a Movement

Despite his cerebral palsy, Jeremy Grace has a pretty positive outlook on life. He typically goes through his day at the London Central Secondary School in Ontario with a smile and keeps a sharp eye out for classmates who may be struggling and could use a lift. One day recently, when a good friend was having a bad day, Jeremy attempted to turn her day around, and gave her a high five. From this spark, the "Up High Movement" was born.

Keep reading... Show less

Autistic Basketball Champ Teaches Kids Hope With Hoops

How would you feel if a team of medical specialists reviewed your background and declared, at the age of 5, that because you had Autism, you would never be successful academically, that you would likely not graduate from high school much less go to college, and that being an athlete was out of the question. Anthony Ianni faced that future and just flat out refused to accept it – he ignored what the doctors said, set goals, worked hard, and created his own destiny.

Keep reading... Show less

How To Make Memorable Birthdays for Hospitalized Kids

Kids rarely get to celebrate when they are in the hospital and having a birthday there is not the ideal situation. After seeing her godson spend some time in the hospital, surrounded by kids who were having their birthdays without the laughter and joy that comes with their special day, Stefanie Grimm had an idea. Even if you are hospitalized, there is no reason that you shouldn't have a birthday party! This generous thought was the seed that grew into The Confetti Foundation.

Keep reading... Show less

Turkeys Prepare For A Happy Thanksgiving - Life on the Farm (E2)

Thanksgiving is near and the turkeys of Millstone Farm are ready to get moving! Although they're not sure where they're going, their hilarious banter is quite the sight to see! Onward, to the Thanksgiving table!

Keep reading... Show less

A Thanksgiving Message From Our Family To Yours

Marysol Castro shares some thoughts on how Thanksgiving is the perfect time of the year to reflect with your friends and family on all of the wonderful memories you share — and how there is no better time to celebrate, smile, and be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at OnlyGood.tv!

Keep reading... Show less

10 Reasons To Be Thankful Every Day

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of the year to reflect with your friends and family on all of the wonderful memories you share — There's no better time to sit and celebrate! We found 10 reasons why you should be thankful this year. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at OnlyGood.tv!

Keep reading... Show less
Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter