Ability beyond Disability
Ipeleng “The Crutch Runner” Khunou is a South African making history as the first runner on crutches to compete at the 2018 Two Oceans Marathon.
Born in Soweto, at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in 1986 with a rare brain deformity called Septo-Optic Dysplasia , he was essentially born without balance and his eyesight was also affected.
Being the last born of his family, Ipeleng remembers the early memories living in Rustenburg with his mom, Violet and brother, Joy. He spent most of his years in boarding school until he matriculated at Meerhoof School. Due to lack of funds, he never finished his Marketing Diploma and stayed at home, and started freelancing and working for a couple of Non-Profit Organizations.
Ipeleng “crazy legs “as his affectionately known to his peers aspires to be a humanitarian and a philanthropist through running as his currently the only runner on crutches. He wants to use his profile and this platforms to further raise disability awareness and raise Fund for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
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