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Rocky Salazar

Big Spring, TX

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I am a disabled American Veteran who served in the Untied States Marine Corps. In 2006, I was diagnosed with a very rare condition. In 2009 this IPTM, paralyzed me from the neck down. I spent 3 months at a VA Hospital and eventually sent home, because there was no way to treat my condition and only given a short time, so I wanted to spend it with my wife, children and grandchildren. Shortly after returning home, I began to move my upper body and began seeing improvements. My wife and I have truly lived the Marriage Vows, For better and for worse, for richer or for poorer, In sickness and in health, we have been married 28 years and been together for 30 and have one more vow to fulfill. In 2011, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and life became very difficult with us both needing home healthcare. By a miracle, I have regained about 70% of my upper body strength but am in a power chair for now. Through these difficult times my wife has never lost her beautiful smile even though she works full time and takes care of me during the time she is home. As I gain strength, I go through the neighborhood and do small jobs, from my power chair to make ends meet. My wife is now a cancer survivor and I by a miracle have continued to improve. We both gain strength in our trust in God and hold on to hope and to the vows we share. We are very limited in things we can do because I remain paralyzed in both legs, with only 70% of strength, it is hard to get into our vehicle. We have looked into an ADA accessible van, but through our trials have gained large medical bills and have a very limited budget, and cannot afford one. We still have many hopes and dreams, and by Gods Grace, are hopeful to someday live most.