Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
That certainly describes this story. It’s how an amputation launched a whole new industry.
Jarem Frye was a typical, active young boy. He loved mountain biking, basketball, and tennis. Then, at the age of 14, he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his left leg. For a year and a half, Frye went through chemotherapy and numerous operations to try and save his leg.
It didn’t work, and Frye’s leg was amputated above the knee.
Frye wasn’t depressed. He got a prosthetic leg and vowed to remain positive – and active. He pictured himself back on his mountain bike, riding with his friends. His mom and dad helped, giving him a new mountain bike shortly. It used a “clipless” pedal, and incredibly, Frye rote more than 600 miles on it before he built himself a new leg.
That’s right a new leg!
The inspiration was downhill skiing. Everyone told him it would be impossible for an amputee. “They were right,” Frye told Challenge Magazine, “A prosthesis is not designed for the bend, twist, lunge, and spring back motions of Telemark skiing.”
But instead of giving up, the 18-year old decided to design a prosthetic knee just for sports. He taught himself machining skills and spent years working on a prototype. Finally satisfied with his design, Frye took $10,000 of his own money and in 2006, started SymBiotechs USA.
Today, the company’s “XT9 Prosthetic Knee” enables amputees to engage in sports they never could before, including snowboarding, skiing, surfing, scuba-diving and rock climbing!. Thanks to Frye, disabled athletes worldwide can – and do – pursue the activities they love – with a full line of sports-ready prosthetics.
Today, Frye is an inspiration — and a success — with revenues of more than $1 million!
Jarem Frye exemplifies an axiom featured on our website: Think around your frustration. Solve your problems — and profit from them too.
High-impact prosthetics for active amputees.
Now Why Didn’t I Think of That?