Born with cerebral palsy, but determined to triumph

NBC Latino

For Jesse Martinez— a 19-year-old with cerebral palsy— his struggles are more than meets the eye. And his latest accomplishment means more than anyone could fathom.

On June 15, Martinez graduated with high ranks from South San Antonio High School and stunned the crowd when he walked to accept his diploma.

“When I crossed I felt as if I died and went to heaven because it felt amazing,” Martinez said. “I’ve always told myself one day, the world is going to know who I am and for me, this was the perfect way to put myself out there.”

Martinez’s disability confines him to a wheelchair, but Martinez only sees this as an obstacle to overcome.

“I started taking steps when I was eight and then I ran into personal issues and it halted my therapy,” Martinez said. “It’s good to get back on that.”

Martinez struggled growing up and was…

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