Like these other seven people who fought and supported their circles went ahead.
Society has made us believe, centuries ago, that those who suffer from some physical or mental disability cannot live like any other person. That they cannot perform in ordinary jobs, even that they should be treated differently. And yes, it is true that they are different but not less valuable as people. Everyone should be judged according to their morals, not because they have all the parts of their body or not.
This man, for example, has been called a hero for not falling into depression for not having his legs. On the contrary, he saw it as an opportunity to stand out in his work, to show everyone who looks at him with compassion that, at the end of the day, he needs the money as much as any other person.
It should be remembered that not everyone suffering from any disease or disability can work, that many do not ask for alms because they are lazy. Some simply cannot or have refused to try to find a decent job. It is a vicious circle that of prejudices.
Others have more luck, so to speak, and have had the opportunity to succeed thanks to the support of their circle.
1. Lily Rice
Lily is 13 years old and was born with a genetic condition called spastic paralysis, which prevents her from moving the muscles of her legs. That, however, has not stopped Lily from becoming a Paralympic swimmer and motocross athlete. In September 2017, she also became the first European woman to do a cartwheel somersault and became the face of the brand that designed her chair.
2. Krystal Cantu
The year 2013 Krysten of 28 years lost his right arm in a horrible car accident. Before that, he devoted himself religiously to cross fit, which did not change after losing his arm. Krystal was back at the gym only 3 weeks after the accident and says it’s the best thing that could have happened to her, that many good things have come out of that.
3. Cornel Hrisca-Munn
Cornel was born in an orphanage in Romania without his arms and with one of his legs deformed. The doctor gave him only a few weeks to live and his mother could not believe what he had in his arms, they did not even give him a birth certificate. They left him abandoned with other children who were expected to die soon but Cornel survived for nine months until Doreen Munn found him. The woman took him to England where he received medical treatment.
At 6 he was already riding a tricycle and at 14 he won several national competitions including swimming, cycling and poetry.
4. Jamie Brewer
Jamie is an American actress best known for her characters in the American Horror Story series. It is also the first model with Down syndrome that parades in the New York fashion week. “It’s an inspiration to be a role model for girls, who must believe in themselves and show it to the world.”
5. Angela Bachiller
Angela is the first councilor with Down syndrome that has had the city of Valladolid, Spain. She worked for three years in the Social Welfare and Family as an administrative assistant and little by little she made the decision to become more involved in politics.
6. Chen Zhou
Chen lost both legs in a train accident at age 13. He started making a living singing in the street in exchange for money and moved on to shoe cleaning and repair of electronic devices. Today, at 30, he is a professional climber and has climbed the 5 great Chinese mountains, including Mount Tai (which has climbed 11 times). Chen takes his arms to climb and a pair of wooden box in his hands.
7. Marla Runyan
At age 9, Marla was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, an early degeneration of the retina. Legally, who suffers from this condition, is considered blind. Even so, Marla had her peripheral vision intact so she could still distinguish between shadows and other shapes. She devoted herself to athletics and qualified for the 1996 Olympics. She won gold medals at the Paralympic Games and in 2000 she became the first athlete to qualify for the United States Olympic team. Since 2013 she works as a teacher and is an ambassador for the Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts.