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Wheelchair athlete sends appreciation

Published: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

I would like to thank the public for their donations. It’s a great feeling to know there are people who care and are willing to help when it’s needed. Without your support, it makes it difficult to attend events like the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

The wheelchair games help people like myself, who are dependent on a wheelchair for mobility, create a goal, and get out and do something. I’ve managed to meet old friends and make new ones who have the same or worse obstacles as I, to talk with and share new methods, skills, or equipment to help continue living a strong and fulfilling life.

It gives me great pleasure to inform you I was successful in my events and accumulated three gold medals and one silver medal. The gold medals were achieved in bowling, with a combined three-game total of 420; discus and javelin, setting a new record and personal best in both events. My loan silver medal came in the shot put, being beaten by a gentleman 20 years my junior.

Even with the high level of competition, bonds of friendship and serious ribbing (while laughing, of course) flourished everywhere during the games.

The games are held under the same strict rules as the Olympics. The feeling of being able to compete, even at my age in a wheelchair at this level of competition, astounds me. I am just as amazed at the determination of others, with the same obstacles life has left us with.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the financial and moral support I received from supporters like you. I could never be able to thank you enough for the benefits I’ve received by going.

Once again, thank you very much. 

Note to readers: Raymond Cuevas was a member of Sterling High School Class of 1973 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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