Jessica Rogers Athlete
Jessica Rogers is an accomplished athlete participating in Wheelchair basketball, wheelchair racing and numerous swimming events. She is also the founder of the Caudal Regression Syndrome Association, or iSACRA, an organization for information sharing, support, and networking. Rogers has lumbo sacral agenesis/caudal regression syndrome and bilateral leg amputations. Her spine ends at approximately T 7-10. She has resulting paralysis and very small lower anatomy. She has one kidney. Rogers spent the first part of her life in an isolated crib in a care facility for adults with severe cognitive limitations. She was adopted from Brazil into a single parent household by Phyllis Rogers, as one of eight children, all of whom have disabilities. Three of her brothers and sisters are hearing-impaired, whilst Jessica uses a wheelchair. Rogers overcame her initial delays and proved to be a determined and bright young lady. In July 2005, Rogers made national headlines while attending the National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) in Tampa, Florida. She was there to participate in the 25-meter breast stroke event. Rogers and her family took a side trip to Busch Gardens.
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