Berthoud wrestler with rare disease vies for championship

Berthoud wrestler with rare disease vies for championship

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Berthoud wrestler with rare disease vies for championship

Colin Leypoldt: high school wrestler and fighter

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Colin Leypoldt: high school wrestler and fighter

KUSA – Berthoud freshman Colin Leypoldt wants everyone to know that he is a wrestler. He wrote it in a journal entry three years ago: “I am a wrestler and wrestlers don’t quit.”

He’s not talking about quitting in a match, he is referring to his fight off the mats. Colin has a rare disorder called Fahr’s disease. His younger brothers Brock and Dawson have it as well. It is a progressive degenerative neurological disorder where the brain actually calcifies. There is no cure and doctors told Colin that the illness will eventually kill him.

But Colin is a wrestler and in turn a fighter.

In another excerpt from his journal entry, he wrote, “I will never give up, I will never lose hope in a cure, I will never stop inspiring others to do the impossible. Defy all odds, set your goal, and dream big. It will take work, dedication, persistence, and skill but wrestling has already taught me all this things!! The rest is easy!!”

His goal is to win a Colorado state championship.

The freshman qualified for the state meet this year, which begins Thursday at the Pepsi Center.

You can read Colin’s full journal entry below:

What Wrestling Has Done for Me

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