Body Builder Defies the Odds


An Indiana man made his way to North Dakota to share a simple message- you can achieve your dreams.

KX News introduces you to the 22-year-old that is inspiring thousands by his determination to beat the odds.

Collin Clarke has down syndrome, and has made a point not to let his disability stop him.

Collin Clarke; Body Builder: “Body building changed my life, emotionally and physically. It changed everything.”

He spoke at the “Power Up” health conference to inspire others with similar struggles that there is always hope. 

Collin Clarke; Body Builder: “There’s is nothing better in this world to have a parent or someone come up to me and say ‘because of you, I never gave up and I never quit.'”

About 120 people attended the convention, many who face similar struggles.

Elizabeth Romanick; High School Senior: “To be healthy is sometimes hard for people with disabilities.”

Natalie Edwards: “There’s nothing different about us, we’re all the same, we’re normal people. We can do it, just follow our dreams.”

Being healthy is a struggle for anyone, and for those with disabilities, the challenges they face are even greater.

Elizabeth Romanick; High School Senior: “I was chubby, people were kind of mean to me, they’d call me weird names.”

And as Collin gives others motivation, he finds his own inspiration along the way.

Collin Clarke; Body Builder: “Dream big, work hard, and never give up.”

Collin also said in his interview that what makes his day is when someone with disabilities says he’s inspired them to push on.

To learn more about Collin’s journey, click here.

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