Justice Millay shoots through adversity

Thirteen-year-old Justice Millay is a quick learner.

Despite picking up the sport of archery in December, Millay helped Daviess County's Burns Middle School archery team win an indoor national championship.

However, archery wasn't always his sport of choice.

Two years ago, you could find Justice playing baseball, basketball and football, but then the headaches arrived.

"It took us from October to April to finally get an MRI and find out what was wrong with him," said Justice's mom Amber.

"He was diagnosed with Chiari malformation."

Chiari malformations are structural defects in the base of the skull and cerebellum.

The condition can develop when part of the skull is smaller than normal, which forces the cerebellum to be pushed down into the spinal canal.

Shortly after the diagnosis, Justice underwent successful brain surgery.

There was only one problem, no contact sports allowed.

So Justice turned to Archery.

"It felt like there was nothing I could do," said Justice.

"But once I got the brain surgery, and started archery, my world changed and it was ten times better than it was before."

Today, Justice still suffers headaches, but it's not stopping him from improving his skills at the range.

"I just started, so I'm just going to keep getting better and I think could be really good."


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(This story was originally published on April 11, 2018)




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