Meet Adaptive Athlete: Aron Cheatham



GYSGT Aron Cheatham, USMC, Ret.


DOB: November 15th, 1976

DOI: September 2008 (Motorcycle Accident) / December 2015 (Amputation)

Injury: Below Knee Amputee

GYSGT Aron Cheatham

Aron grew up in the Los Angeles area until his sophomore year when he moved to Dallas and attended David W. Carter High School. He wore many hats in high school, including trumpeter in the marching band, baseball player, and member of the Junior ROTC. 


A few months after graduating from high school in 1995, Aron joined the Marine Corps as a reserve. After some years in Florida attending school, he returned to Texas and enlisted as an active-duty Marine in 2000, where he would go on to serve for 12 years. His first six years were spent in the states as an aviation technician. Then in 2006, he switched roles to an EOD Specialist and was stationed in Iwakuni, Japan. During his time abroad, he did a tour in Iraq followed by training in multiple locations including Australia, Thailand, South Korea, and the Philippines.


When returning stateside, Aron was stationed in Twentynine Palms, CA. In 2008, while he was on the way to his son’s first day of kindergarten, a car pulled out in front of his motorcycle as he rode down the highway. He collided with the back of the vehicle and as a result, had severe damage to his left foot. Months of being in the hospital followed by surgeries and physical therapy ultimately it led to his medical retirement from the Marine Corps in 2012.


Aron went through several years of limb salvage but elected for amputation in December of 2015. That next summer, he was already back on his feet and competed in the 5K Del Mar Mud Run with his son. After settling back in Texas in 2018, he made the Dallas Stars Sled Hockey team with the goal of making the national team. Aron hopes that his time at ATF will help prepare him physically to be the best he can be on the ice. He wants to reignite his fire for overall wellness: training hard, eating properly, and improving mobility along with continuing his knowledge of how to move and adapt as an amputee.