1: Hero | by Jessica T. | Warrensburg R6 Publishing Company 2010
2: Kasey Winthrop is an eighth grader from Chicago. She is the captain of the basketball team, an Honor Roll student, and very popular. But she misses her best friend, her older brother JD, who is off fighting in Afghanistan. | Kasey
3: She is friendly, outgoing, observant, and hard-working. Her favorite thing to do is play basketball, especially with JD. She loves Eggo waffles with peanut butter and whipped cream!
4: JD (short for James Dawson) Winthrop, is Kasey's hero. He is also her best friend and companion. He's an exceptional athlete, especially in basketball, his favorite sport. | JD
5: His pet peeves are sitting still, and baseball. He loves to goof off and play pranks, but he can be serious when necessary. | JD's fun-loving attitude, easy smile and athletic ability made him very popular in high school. | In 2008, JD graduated from high school and, despite his worried mother's protests, entered West Point and enlisted in the US Army.
6: Meet Patsy Maddox: The ultimate wife, mother, congresswoman. She is a strong opposer of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mostly because of the effects they can have on the home front. She knows that from experience! | Mom
7: Doc Pearson (real name: Kim) is JD's military reconstructive therapist. She helps him gain strength in his remaining leg and arms, counsels him as he adjusts to life as a civilian, and most importantly, introduces him to wheelchair basketball. She enjoys running, basketball and healthy living. | Doc
8: The conflict in the Middle East is an ancient one, dating back to the dawn of civilization. In the 1990s and 2000s, the US Army, including JD WInthrop, has gotten involved. In March 2010, he was deployed to Afghanistan. Little did JD and his family know, there is a very high price for freedom.
9: On May 21st, 2010, JD Winthrop and his comrades were involved in a grenade explosion. Three comrades were killed, and two more were seriously wounded. JD's left leg from the knee down was blown off. At the army hospital, the doctors amputated the leg just above the knee. He returned to his family in Chicago in a wheelchair.
10: Doc, JD's military reconstructive therapist, introduced him to the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, which has wheelchair basketball programs for wounded veterans.
11: He quickly got involved with the Windy City Warriors, a wheelchair basketball team made up of 20-30 year old amputees.