LONGVIEW – Pole vaulting can easily be considered one of the most dangerous events in track and field. But that did not prevent Alex Hindman from participating in the sport. Neither did the fact that he only has one kidney.

“The day I was born they saw that I had a mass in my stomach,” the LeTourneau University student athlete explained. “They couldn’t find my left kidney so they did an exploratory surgery and found out the mass was my left kidney. They had to remove it.”

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