Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Be Inspired- Rico Abreu, NASCAR Driver With Achondroplasia


Meet Rico Emanuel Abreu, an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He's also won several championships including Toyota's first Chili Bowl Victory and the 2014 USAC Midget car championship.

Abreu isn't just a little person, he's a "little person." At 22 years old, he stands 4-foot-4 and weighs 95 pounds. He was born with the condition of achondroplasia, a genetic disorder of bone growth and the most common cause of dwarfism. That means he and his team have to make alterations to his racing machines.


"No one at the racetrack treats me any different," Abreu said. "They never have. It's honestly been a lot like it was growing up. It's just not a big deal."

But Abreu knows his achievement, considering his height is a big deal. That's why over the last year he has actively worked to become a better representative for himself and the people that he ultimately will represent.

He's had contact with the Little People of America, Inc. (LPA). "Kids ask the greatest questions," he said. "They see the video and pictures of me racing and then I walk out there and they see me and they can look me eye-to-eye; I think it tells them something about what they can accomplish if they want to, which is whatever they want."

Abreu also noted that since he started racing, he's been seeing more little people show up at his race track, eager to catch a glimpse him and shake his hand.

"That's when I think I started realizing the real impact that I can have on other people," he said.

I think is story is truly inspiring--whoever you are, you can make a difference if you stop making excuses.



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