The late physicist Stephen Hawking was one of the most influential people with disabilities that we know. He once said “Disability need not be an obstacle to success.”
Just today, I am honored to meet 12-year old boy Bernard Rosello who is a living proof of that.
Bernard is the ambassador for the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation which supports children who live with disabilities and special needs in Manitoba.
He was joined by his very supportive family in the annual “Cruisin’ Down the Crescent” fundraising event which was attended by almost a thousand.
Bernard’s smile is like rays of sunshine pouring in this Sunday morning event. He is enthusiastic, friendly and smart.
He sits on his wheelchair. He does not have a right leg but he could still stand up on his own and in fact, be independent, through the help of his prosthetic right leg. His mother Marites said Bernard has been using prosthetics since he started walking as baby.
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Marites said his son was born with a Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD) on his right side. PFFD is a non-hereditary condition in which the femur is shortened.
Through the support of Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation, Bernard continues to enjoy his field of interest and lives an independent and active life.
RBC’s Cruisin’ Down the Crescent has been going on for the last 20 years and is considered one of the biggest fundraisers of the foundation.
This year’s event raised $142,000.
Bernard was joined by Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman as they lead the crowd to walk, glide or ride down Wellington Crescent.
The day was full of activities for the entire family that started out with a warm-up Zumba and was made fun by silent auction, BBQ lunch and ‘Kiddie Zone’.
Marites would like to inspire other parents who have kids born with disabilities “There is a reason why Bernard was given to us. No matter what his condition is, we give him our full love and support. We are proud of who he is and what he has become.”
For us who have complete limbs and legs, what is our excuse for not getting up?
(PHOTO CREDIT: Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation and Marites Rosello)