Ramon Cervantes, Jr.
My name is Ramon Cervantes Jr. At the age of 15 on December 2, 1992, I became a victim of a drive-by shooting. This incident caused injury to my spinal cord at the T12 complete, rendering me partially paralyzed from the waist down. The next two years were extremely difficult for me, trying to cope with the physical condition I was in and having to deal with hyper sensitive pain in my leg every second of the day. At times it was so difficult to deal with that I considered whether or not it was worth continuing in this condition. Over time, and with the help of family and friends and other people in similar situations, I learned to live and cope with my condition. I also later participated in wheelchair sports, which I loved, and enjoyed the competition and friendships I made. I have now accepted my condition and am living life.