I was born in the Domini­can Repub­lic with con­gen­i­tal absence of the Tib­ia. When I was 2 the Bad­owski’s gra­cious­ly took me in with the help of the Heal­ing The Chil­dren’ non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion. I was ampu­tat­ed and pro­vid­ed with pros­thet­ic legs through Wright&Filippis. When I was about 6years old Mrs. Bad­ows­ki, who I call mom, saw some­thing in the paper pro­mot­ing the Ster­ling Heights Chal­lengers wheel­chair bas­ket­ball team and she thought I should try it. She had to drag me to a prac­tice but after I had tried it, I could­n’t wipe the smile off my face. I instant­ly fell in love with the game. I soon start­ed mak­ing goals for myself and want­i­ng to do more off the court and by the time I start­ed high school, Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball start­ed becom­ing a major part of my life. I have been for­tu­nate enough to help my team win 2 nation­al cham­pi­onships (2007, 2013) and being award­ed mul­ti­ple awards. Some of these awards include, being named on var­i­ous all team award, the hus­tle award, M.V.P. award and my favorite and the one that means the most, the sports­man­ship award.

I also wres­tled on the De La Salle High school team. I placed 3rd indi­vid­u­al­ly in the Catholic league tour­na­ment and 2nd as a team. This was the first year that the wrestling team won dis­tricts which was an amaz­ing feel­ing to be apart of such a great mile­stone. Wrestling on a high school team was one of the best feel­ings to me, It meant so much to be able to be on a team where it was not adap­tive to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. I felt wel­comed and more con­nect­ed with my school. My team­mates helped me learn and were extreme­ly sup­port­ive through­out the sea­son. It was a great feel­ing to know that I had guys to call family.

In the fall I will be attend­ing the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois on a bas­ket­ball schol­ar­ship. I will start off with a degree in gen­er­al stud­ies but hope to trans­fer into engi­neer­ing or busi­ness school.