Paul Mitchell the School Costa Mesa: Cedric King
U.S. Army Master Sgt. (Ret.) Cedric King joined the military in 1995. On a reconnaissance mission during his third deployment in Afghanistan in 2012, the force of an improvised explosive device (IED) threw him off his feet. He sustained right hand disfigurement and became a bilateral amputee. Since his injury Cedric has earned numerous medals and awards, run marathons, climbed mountains, and become an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation. He plans to finish graduate school, complete a full Ironman, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, launch a nonprofit organization that gives back to low-income communities, and provide a home for his wife and daughters to begin again.