Vincent Award #67 goes to Justin Gallegos because on April 29, 2018 he crossed the finish line of the Eugene Half Marathon in Eugene, Oregon. But lots of people run a half marathon so what makes Justin's run so special? Justin has cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects muscle coordination and body movement. Cerebral palsy makes walking (much less running) nearly impossible so a half marathon is down right incredible.
Gallegos had to rewire his body to run. He dragged his feet a lot, which caused him to fall. So he had to learn an entirely different way to move his body, forcing himself to pick up his feet and lift his knees more. Over time, he was able to strengthen his muscles, improve his coordination and fix his gait to the point where he no longer needed those kneepads.
Congratulations Justin and thank you for inspiring us all to keep pushing just a litte bit harder.
Read Justin's full story over at CNN.com...