Homeless amputee on dialysis is grateful at the Bethesda Mission on Thanksgiving


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A homeless amputee on dialysis is grateful for what he has this Thanksgiving, and others are inspired by his positive attitude.

“It’s slowed me down quite a bit,” Lane Rudy said.

It’s not stopping him.

“Bring it on,” Rudy added.

Adversity was brought on his life in 2012. Rudy got an infection from a brown recluse spider bite in Utah, and doctors amputated his right leg from the knee down.

“People always look for something to complain about, and I think it’s ridiculous,” Rudy said.

Rudy was in kidney failure when he came to Bethesda Mission almost a year ago. He moved to Harrisburg for a new start and brought his wheelchair. The Mission got him back on his feet, literally.

“I’m out of the wheelchair. I can move around,” Rudy said. “Eventually I’m going to get good enough where I can dance again.”

The Mission got him a prosthetic leg and a walker. Rudy named the bottom of his right leg “Stuppy” and his prosthesis “Dude,” after John Wayne.

“This person had not walked for more than four years,” said Chuck Wingate, executive director of the Bethesda Mission.

Rudy is walking now and passing his positive energy onto others at the mission.

“I try to relate to everything to where I can put a smile on someone’s face,” Rudy said.

He’s approaching life with plans and hopes for his future.

“I think the big thing is the look in Lane’s eyes that say he’s got hope,” Wingate said. “He’s got ambition for the future.”

“I look for the good things,” Rudy said. “Everybody can pick out the bad things. Is the glass half full or half empty? It’s full.”

Rudy’s goal for next year is to ride a 65-foot boat in the Caribbean.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download our News App and our Weather App for your phone and tablet.

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