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Senior Gabriel Weber learns new ways to be an adaptive athlete with the help of Beautifully Flawed retreat

Senior Gabriel Weber raises her hand alongside other retreat-goers who have lost an arm or have been born without one. Spending a week with girls living with similar situations created an accepting space for Weber. “Sometimes I have a hard time putting on necklaces, and if I couldn’t do it, they understood; they didn’t question why I couldn’t do it,” Weber said. “One time I was doing my hair, and it took me four or five times to get it to where I liked it. I had a roommate who understood because she was also born with one arm. We just kept doing our hair, and it took forever. “

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

Senior Gabriel Weber was born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality that left her with only one hand. Growing up with a limb difference in a world made for two-handed people put Weber in many unique situations, from difficulties tying shoes to dealing with stares from strangers.  Despi...

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