Dancing Paraplegic Gabe Adams Can Do Anything He Sets His Mind To
When Gabe Adams was born, he was a special baby. He was born with Hanhart Syndrome, he had no arms or legs.
But from the time of his birth, he has been a hurdle jumper, and has never let anything slow him down.
Gabe’s mother was unable to care for him and his rare condition. A family in the United States, that already had 13 kids, adopted him into their home.
Gabe is now 19-years-old. He can walk, eat, drive, and swim just like any other typical teenager.
His adopted parents always encouraged him to try first, before they did anything for him. They told Gabe Adams that he could do anything he set his mind to.
“I can do it. I can do it with a smile on my face,” Gabe said back in 2011. “Because a smile will help everything.”
Gabe is an amazing example of rising to the challenge. Despite his challenges, Gabe is an extremely independent 19 year old young man, and lives an amazingly “normal” life.
At school Gabe Adams tried out for the dance team as a way of making friends – discovering he could use his limbless body to his advantage in the art of break dancing. He was only 12-years-old when he taught himself to dance.
“I wanted to be something more than the kid in the wheelchair”
“My teammates treated me like a normal person and didn’t look at my disability, just my ability to dance and be part of a team,” Gabe said.
Gabe told Barcroft TV:
“I think one of the common questions that I get would be, ‘is your life hard? Do you wish you had limbs?’ And I guess my response would be, no my life isn’t hard.
“The one thing that I have taught myself, and others, is that life is only hard when you make it hard and if I am gonna make it hard then that is on me. But if I am gonna make it easier then it is going to be way easier to live.
“Do I ever wish I had limbs? Of course. But I know that I don’t have arms and legs for a reason so I am just gonna live my life as I can.”
From a young age Gabe Adams started using a wheelchair but his parents were determined that their son would be as independent as possible.
They did not give him any special treatment because of his disability. They expected Gabe to participate in all the of the same family activities as the other family members.
This approach on parenting made Gabe grow up with the confidence and ability to do just about everything anyone else can do. They wanted to be sure he was independent.
There is no doubt Gabe’s story will inspire you. A friend of Gabe’s stated in a YouTube comment:
“I went to school with Gabe! I’m sure he doesn’t remember me but it was always incredible to see him take his own class notes and do everything so independently.”
“We thought we were rescuing somebody and giving him a better life, but in fact, it’s been just the opposite,”says Gabe’s father Ron. “He’s rescued us and given us a better life. Having him around has been so inspiring and motivating. He’s always pushing himself to be the very best he can be.”
After graduating from high school Gabe has continued to prove his independence, moving out of the family home and embarking on a career as a motivational speaker.
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