Danny Frasier thankful for friends, family...and life
ONEONTA - AL —
With a little fine tuning, 28-year-old Danny Frasier's life has turned out better than expected.
"I'm thankful for my life," he said. "And being able to wake up one more day."
That's because he was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. His biological mother was an alcoholic and a drug user. He was born premature at one pound, two ounces.
"You could literally hold me in the palm of your hand," Frasier said.
Doctors said he wouldn't survive.
Then, at age two, because he did not and would never use his legs, doctors, in Frasier's best interest, amputated them.
"Everyday is a challenge," he said. "Just like it is for everybody."
He doesn't want sympathy. He says he doesn't need it. He has prosthetic legs, but doesn't use them.
"I want to inspire people," he said.
He loves to hunt, fish, ride horses and 4-wheelers. He can drive thanks to hand controls. He owns a car detail shop. He's written a book and been on magazine covers. He even volunteers as a fire fighter doing whatever he can.
"The guys at the department are just amazed," he said.
He also has some pretty thick sideburns...that's because he's also an Elvis impersonator.
He sings to bring joy to others and to show them there's no shame in being who you are.
"I want people to see me when I get out of my truck, or I'm out and about somewhere and say 'Hey, look at that guy. Here I am complaining my legs hurt, my knees hurt, my shoulders hurt,' he said. "I want them to say, 'Look at him, he has no legs and he's out here doing this...what do I have to complain about'."
He's happy with life. And with wonderful friends and family by his side, he says he's not bitter about his condition...he's blessed.
"I wake up with the mind frame of I'm going to motivate someone today," Frasier said.
Frasier is available to perform. If you'd like to contact him you can call 205-559-8005.