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Monday, July 1, 2013

Keep on Pedaling - a short biography.



I was born in Los Angeles, CA. in 1975. I was born with Cerebral Palsy due to a medical malpractice. My biggest challenges were speaking and walking. As I grew up, my father would always make me exercise and walk on my own. At age 8, I started walking. At school, I would fall at times and the teachers wanted me to wear a helmet and use a wheelchair; however, my father never approved of that. Thankfully, I walk with no problem now. I graduated from California State Polytechnic University Pomona with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Accounting and Magna Cum Laude honor. I am married and have one girl and two boys. For many years I search for a job, but had no success so I decided to venture out and do my own business. I am currently a tax professional, and working on a health project with a friend. After I was introduced to PossAbilities, cycling is a big part of my life. Cycling has not only benefited my health, but also it has reinforce the way I look at life. Cycling reminds of life. The harder you pedal and the more pain you withstand, the faster and further you go. The roads we can take are many, but we need pick the right one so we won’t get a flat. Along the way, someone may cut you off, and you may fall, but you need to get back on your bike and keep on pedaling until you reach the finish line. Obstacles will always be there, but my disability will not keep me from overcoming them. I once read this from somewhere; “Life is not static it is dynamic: it is taking on new challenges where there is everlasting joy. We only need to open our eyes, closed by our ignorance, and lift our heads: then we will see life conquer death, joy conquer sadness, love conquer hatred, truth conquer falsehood; but above all we will see ourselves conquer any obstacle. If our eyes are closed, we cannot see and consequently we are blind; and the blind can only imagine reality.” Disability is not a punishment; it is a place against the stream where humanity receives the strongest pushes and resources for a world based on solidarity, trust and love.