Carlos Rodriguez: I Will Inspire

Carlos Rodriguez: My autobiography

“I am Carlos Rodriguez, I was born on November 30th, 1993 in Puerto Rico. I was born with Cerebral Palsy. It is a disease that affects my muscles. I am able to walk short distances, but mainly use a wheelchair. I always stay positive when I’m face with problems or challenges. I have wonderful parents. My family moved to the United States wen I was two. We lived in Boston, Massachusetts for their good hospitals. My doctor recommended us to move to a sunny and hot place so we moved to Florida. I attended elementary thru high school. I have received all kinds of awards and I always make good grades. My favorite classes are art and computers. I would like one day to work in a computer job. The thing I want to do in the future is to teach others that when they have a lot of problems that there are other people with worse problems. I want to show others that with enough work, people can accomplish the seemingly impossible things.”

Westcoast Brace & Limb was a proud sponsor of the I WILL INSPIRE Charity Run, which was hosted on February 16, 2013 by the GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club. The event, held at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute on Telecom Parkway in Tampa, benefits the I WILL Foundation and Operation Helping Hand of Tampa. The two charities focus on helping people recover from life-altering injuries and challenges.

The event’s 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run provided Westcoast patients and staff with a unique opportunity to connect with one another, as well as other community members. We are so proud of our participants and their perseverance! It was truly an INSPIRING day!

Carlos Rodriguez was born with cerebral palsy, but he’s never let that stop him. The 1 Mile Family Fun Run was the longest and fastest Carlos has ever walked. He was the last participant to painstakingly finish the mile and made it the whole way without his wheelchair. Marines and ROTC lined up behind Carlos to cheer him on for the final stretch, until he crossed the finish line alongside his mother and his orthotist, Westcoast’s Clinical Director, Bridget L. Augustine, L.P.O., C.P.O., in front of a very emotional crowd of fans.

Carlos is an orthotic patient at Westcoast Brace & Limb in Tampa, Florida, and is passionate about showing others that, with enough work, people can accomplish the seemingly impossible.

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