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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Melissa Huff is always up for a good challenge.When a cheerleader coach told the 16-year-old she wasn’t ready to try out for the team, Melissa did anyway – and she made it.She made the team despite losing her right leg below her knee when a car struck her two years ago while she was walking outside her school.Since the injury, Melissa has had nine surgeries and went through six different prosthetic legs before finding one that fit perfectly.But she never got to wear the leg for long – it was stolen from her Temple City home Nov. 1 during a burglary.On Friday, Melissa tried out her seventh prosthetic leg, the cost of which was donated by Melissa’s prosthetist in Whittier and two real estate companies. Together, they donated about $16,000 for the new leg.“It feels good,” Melissa said, after trying out the leg at Kolman Prosthetics and Orthotics in Whittier.“This is my first time running in three months. I’m really happy, and I haven’t been happy in a long time.”Rescomm Financial and Realty Executives, both of Arcadia, donated more than $10,000 for the new leg after a loan officer read about Melissa’s story in a newspaper.“You’re an inspiration to all of us at work,” Rescomm Financial loan officer Anthony Colon told Melissa on Friday.Despite losing her leg and undergoing multiple surgeries and other setbacks, Melissa is driven by her love of softball. She’s played the game since she was 8 years old. Just days after coming home from the hospital after her injury – where she spent more than a month recuperating – Melissa was back on the softball field.“She used to play so hard she would put a hole in her leg,” said her mother Lisa.“We spoiled her rotten after the accident. We were just so glad to have her.” [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more