Attitude Is Everything – the Kevin Kraus Story
Herbalife employee and triathlon athlete, Kevin Kraus, tells a moving story of perseverance and courage after a devastating motorcycle accident that led to his leg being partially amputated.
Herbalife employee, Kevin Krauss, had competed in the Herbalife Triathlon, Los Angeles, for several years, but 2014 would be different. That spring he was riding his motorcycle home from work when he got into a serious accident and woke up in the hospital with his left leg badly damaged.
Despite performing nine different operations, doctors were unable to save Kevin’s leg and on June 7th, 2014, it had to be partially amputated.
Understandably upset, Kevin’s father recalls speaking of the difficulty he thought his athletic son would have, learning to live with only one functioning leg.
In the days and weeks following the accident Kevin describes how he saw two very visible paths ahead of him. Instead of asking “Why me?” and following a path filled with self-pity, doubt and regret, he made a choice to stand up and follow the path that helped him prove to himself that he could overcome any obstacle that came his way.
He was touched when family, friends and coworkers arranged a huge photoshoot where they all held up handwritten signs filled with love and positive messages.
When he came home from the hospital, his mother recalls that he was eager to get walking again and promptly built a strong relationship with his prosthetic doctor. Things moved swiftly and Kevin shocked his doctor when he started walking on his new prosthetic immediately.
Kevin was driven, now more than ever, to compete in and finish the 2014 Herbalife triathlon. He trained hard and on the day of the race, with his nerves riding high, all of his preparation paid off. Kevin said that crossing the finish line was the best feeling he’d had in a long time.
Kevin is determined to come back even stronger next year:
“I don’t want people to look at me and say, ‘Wow, that’s great, good for him.’ I want them to see me as the competition and try to keep up with me. Don’t spend any time feeling sorry for me. Nothing is going to stop me. I’m back.”