Jennifer’s life was changed dramatically when she developed a rare benign tumor that was exacerbated while pregnant with her third child. She felt that the surgical intervention would allow her to maintain quality of life and the active lifestyle she had previously with her family. Over the past two years, Jennifer has competed in numerous sprint distance triathlons.

Jennifer Clark, a native to Crowley, has an incredibly busy life that includes being a wife, mother of three, dental hygienist, volunteer, and most recently para athlete. Jennifer’s life was changed dramatically when she developed a rare benign tumor that was exacerbated while pregnant with her third child. The growing tumor impaired the function of her left lower extremity leaving her in a constant state of pain and depression.

After countless hours of searching for solutions on the internet, Jennifer learned of the accolades of Sarah Reinersten. She was inspired by Reinertsen, a female amputee who began competing in Ironman competitions in 2005. “If Sarah can swim 2.4 miles, ride a bike for 112, and run for 26.2, then I can at least live a normal life,” she said. With her new found inspiration, Jennifer decided to make the life altering decision of amputation. She felt that the surgical intervention would allow her to maintain quality of life and the active lifestyle she had previously with her family.

After a short three years, Jennifer has accomplished more than she ever thought possible. Over the past two years, Jennifer has competed in numerous sprint distance triathlons. Jennifer represented her country with pride placing third in her division at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championship held at the harbor in Auckland, New Zealand. Since Auckland, Jennifer has completed a half marathon, as well as numerous other distance races including the National Triathalon in San Diego. As a wife, a mother of three children, and a full time dental hygienist, Jennifer keeps busy on a daily basis. With the assistance of her husband, Scott, she still finds time in her busy schedule for training.

“I am so thankful for my large support group of family and friends, and for my wonderful prosthetist who makes it all possible.” Jennifer receives prosthetic care at Baker Orthotics & Prosthetics, a facility filled with her biggest fans and a place she considers home.

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