August 14, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Special Olympics Has Helped Gabriel Come Into His Own

By Paola Martinelli

Gabriel's parents discovered Special Olympics Morelos in Mexico. Gabriel joined the movement in 2009 and began to train and compete in athletics. Special Olympics gave him the opportunity to compete in sports, find new friends, set personal goals and enjoy everyday of his life through sports training and competition. When Gabriel was two months old, he was diagnosed with neonatal colonic syndrome and cyanotic congenital heart disease. At age 4, he was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia (cerebral dysgenesis) and went to Special Education schools. Currently Gabriel Flores Mendoza trains and participates in swimming and athletics in Special Olympics and has won several medals for his achievements.

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