Gulfam Ahmed, is what we like to refer to as a “triple threat”. He’s a model, an athlete and a stand up comedian with a bachelor degree in social work. Handsome, smart, stylish and funny wrapped up into one package. You can’t ask for more than that! The RL team reached out to Gulfam for his story and here is what he had to tell us about a tumultuous journey of orthopedic impairment and his will to defy the odds and his persistence to make a name for himself…..
Overcoming the obstacles that we face in life can become quite challenging and will often make us feel as if we are running into a brick wall. How many times have we met with adversity that seems to take us right back to square one? How many times have we changed course or implemented a new plan to get better results only to find that we’ve just inched a few steps forward? I’m sure you will agree that its frustrating, right. Well, I’d like to encourage you to take the focus off of the frustration, instead I’d like you to refocus on the few inches forward that you just achieved. Why? Because inches add up! Read More
If you have ever lived in a major metropolis like Los Angeles, California then you have had to navigate your way on the very crowded highways and freeways on a daily basis. Having once lived and worked there, I can personally tell you that a major factor in planning my day centered around traffic. It became second nature to know when to leave from point “a” to get to point “b” and just when I thought I had it all figured out, up jumped a traffic accident and ruined all my plans. I remember many mornings leaving extra early for work at 5:00 a.m. thinking that I would breeze into Pasadena from Santa Monica only to find that everyone else had the same intention and there I sat in traffic yet again. This was the norm and I learned to adjust and live with it. Read More
Throughout my eighteen years of life, I have always been very active, always involved with sports and anything that has to do with presence of speed. By the age of 18, I achieved two black belts. One was in Mu Duk Kwan and my most recent was Tae Kwan Do. I spent my high school career playing rugby with some of the best guys I can call my friends. Since I was five years old I began to develop a passion for motocross. I got my first bike at the age of five and have been riding ever since and even started to compete at local race tracks.
When RL first met Domonic Corradin at the 2016 Disability Sports Festival Coachella Valley, we immediately thought, now here is a guy who has the “wow factor” written all over him. RL just had to find out more about him, his story and what makes him tick. So after stalking him for several weeks on social media, we contacted him and he agreed to meet with us, allowing us take some photos and to ask him some personal questions about his life.
Dominic grew up in a small town in western Michigan on a small “hobby” farm with goats, chickens, guinnea hens, dogs and cats. On one catastrophic day in December 1994, while driving toward home from soccer practice, Domonic suffered a T-5/6 spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident. He spent one week in ICU and an additional six weeks in a rehabilitation hospital. The very next day after leaving the rehabilitation hospital, Dominic was sitting in his classroom at Whitehall High School. At this early age, Dominic already had the desire to “get back to life” as soon as possible. Not only did he want to get back to life but while he was still hospitalized he was also giving back by being a peer mentor to the children in the pediatric unit where he was treated.Read More
McKenzie was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome and was missing her right foot and leg below the knee. Also, she has her pinkies and thumbs but she was born with her fingers webbed together which had to be separated by surgery. It was evident early on that she had a fighting spirit when at the age of 2 she worked her way out of her arm casts. To-date, she has had two surgeries to condition and shave back the bone in her leg as she continues to grow. These surgeries will be necessary until she stops growing but she never lets this stop her.Read More