From wheelchair to warrior, meet Fruita’s own American Ninja Warrior

FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Grand Valley has not one, but two American Ninja Warriors.

Michael Stanger, of Fruita, has competed in the NBC television series American Ninja Warrior four times, but the biggest warrior is his wife, Enedina Stanger.

Michael began his training a few years ago, but not for TV fame. He was working to build up his strength to help support his wife's deteriorating health condition. Enedina declined her hospice letter from her doctor and today she’s training and competing alongside her husband.

"Every day I’m living a ninja warrior course,” said Enedina Stanger, American Ninja Warrior competitor.

Enedina suffers from a disorder called Ehlers Danlos syndrome, a genetic defect causing the connective tissue in her body to become stretched out. It causes her joint dislocations and forced her to use a wheelchair for years.

"Most doctors told me you’re going to live a really painful, very short, horrible life, and then that's it and there’s not really anything else we can do for you,” said Enedina Stanger.

Doctors told her she only had months to live, so she gave up all medications and started rigorous hours of strength conditioning, taking alternative medicines and eating healthy.

"Really how I survive life just being able to build up every muscle from head to toe is what helped me get out of the chair,” said Enedina Stanger.

Now it’s her turn, as she took to the American Ninja Warrior Course in Minneapolis. Michael watching from the sidelines cheering her on.

"I don't think I’ve ever felt more adrenaline ever in my life and I’ve done a lot of crazy things,” said Michael Stanger.

Enedina told Michael she wanted to compete on Christmas day, two days later, she sent in her audition tape.

"There’s times every day that I still think of myself in a wheelchair to have that as my reality and also to have competing in American Ninja Warrior it just seems so, like fantastical and it’s just such a dream,” said Enedina Stanger.

A few months later, she was standing at the starting line.

"She wants to push herself as hard as she possibly can and she does,” said Michael Stanger.

Turning her death sentence into a second chance at life.

"Maybe every single impossible dream and hope that people have in their lives won’t be impossible anymore,” said Enedina Stanger.

Apart from Ninja training, Enedina is starting a career in motivational speaking, to inspire the next generation of warriors.