NEW YORK (WABC) --A terrifying encounter with a tiger shark left surfer Mike Coots without a right leg.
In the months after the attack, he chose not to be afraid of surfing again, but to confront any fears head-on, and return to the ocean.
Now Mike works with the Challenged Athletes Foundation to inspire amputees and other young athletes who are dealing with the loss of a limb.
He will be participating in Wednesday's Empire State Building Run-Up.
For more information about the Empire State Building Run-Up, visit: https://www.esbnyc.com/event/2015-empire-state-building-run-up-info