My name is Carlos Quintanilla Jr. I was born In 1999 with Spinal Bifida (Myelomeningocele) a neural tube defect in which the bones of the spine do not completely form, resulting in an incomplete spinal canal. I did have the ability to walk when I was younger I was even on a T-ball team. I have currently had twenty five surgeries literally from head to toe. I have always been provided a wheelchair but never wanted to use it. I didn’t like to go to public places and be seen. If I had to go I would attempt to walk until the pain was unbearable. On January of 2013 was when I had my last back surgery, the result of which made it even more difficult to walk. Now I had no choice but to use my wheelchair, my greatest insecurity became my greatest strength.
My personal accomplishments are promoting a top end sports wheelchair from Invacare. I am periodically on the back the Sports and Spokes magazine. I am also on an adult wheelchair basketball team. I have competed in multiple NJDC (National Junior Disability Competitions). I have completed five 5ks runs in my chair and appeared on Extreme Makeover Home edition as well as a BP commercial (link below). I have done many fundraisers for my paralympic sports clubs.
Even with all the accomplishments that I have achieved up to this point there is still a lot that I want to do. One of which is becoming a Paralympian star. I believe that a person is able to accomplish anything regardless of your background, education or disability.
I’m a hard worker, I practice hard, giving up is not an option. I want to be an inspiration to others disabled or not. Never give up. Always look up.
My coaches and I believe that I have Olympic potential. As you well know any competition requires support. This entails, Travel expenses, equipment, and entry fees. I would like to thank you in advance for your support in any manner. If you would like to help this future Paralympian.
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