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Casey Martins Verdict All athletes are not born on a level playing field and some athletes have disadvantages Is everyone made to be an athlete How far would you go to become a professional athlete Would you take your case to the Supreme Court Would you spend three years in and out of the court system arguing a case that is so clear to you but not to others On May 29 2001 the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the federal disability rights law entitles Casey Martin a 28 year old golfer to ride in a cart between shots while competing in PGA Tour events Martin suffers from a rare incurable circulatory disease called Klippel Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome or KLS His right leg is so weak that for the last 10 years he has been unable to walk a full eighteen holes of golf Martin was awarded a scholarship to play golf for Stanford University and while he played in the college ranks the NCAA allowed him to use a golf cart This was a very special privilege because after college the PGA Tour would not be so supportive of his needs The Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA came to Martins rescue throughout the court cases Casey Martin has served as an inspiration to other athletes with disabilities Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome is a rare congenital malformation that includes cutaneous capillary malformations soft tissue and bone hypertrophy and lymphatic abnormalities Complications may include excessive bleeding gigantism of toes hand and feet anomalies lymphedema and many others People are born with this disease and scientists believe that the cause maybe the result of mutation of a gene There is no known cure for KLS and there are only some treatments to slow the effects of the disease down The only treatments available are elastic garments that protect from future damage and pumps to keep the blood moving through the limb The odds of developing KLS are a one
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