For much of Isaias Vasquez’s professional life he’s worked as a carpenter, but when Mark Richard spoke to him about opportunities at the Hope Haven wheelchair factory, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Vasquez has had polio since he was one year old and spent his whole life disabled. Now, he has the opportunity to work with people in his same situation.
He met his wife at the wheelchair factory and together they have a 5-year-old girl. Throughout his life, he never has let his disability get in the way of what he’s wanted to do.
At the beginning of September, Vasquez took third place in a half marathon in Guatemala City on a tricycle that he built.
“I don’t really like for people to make me seem big or anything like that,” Vasquez said. “I’m the same as everybody. I just do what I have to do.”
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