Don’t let your struggle be your identity -Wesley Hamilton
Who is Wesley Hamilton?
Wes was born and raised on the east side of Kansas City, MO, where it was difficult for a young African American male to find opportunity outside of the streets. At age 16, he had become too much for his mother to handle (a common lifestyle for kids in his neighborhood), and moved out on his own. At age 22, he became a father to his daughter, Nevaeh.
Two years later, at only 5-foot-4 and 230-pounds, Wes was non-athletic and vastly overweight. As a single father, working full-time, he had just won sole custody of his daughter. But only five days after his 24th birthday (January of 2012), everything changed dramatically. As he was walking back to his car, Wes was shot multiple times, with one bullet slicing through his chest and fracturing a rib. The other entered his abdomen, partially severing his spine, paralyzing him below the waist.
Wes knew he had to set an example for Nevaeh. He started a fitness and nutrition regiment, which was completely foreign to him. Wes learned everything he could about nutrition and developed excellent culinary skills. In that first year, Wes lost 100 pounds. He felt his transformation had the potential to help others and so he founded a non-profit called, Disabled But Not Really (DBNR).
Starting to Stand
Wesley’s first stander was gifted to him after he had begun standing consistently while attending out patient rehab which included standing as part of their physical therapy program. Once Wesley started implementing standing as part of his regular routine, he began to wonder how he could acquire a standing frame of his own.
After being told that he would be denied by insurance, he reached out to Easystand directly and asked how he could get a stander of his own. Wesley received his Glider, which resides in his gym space at Disabled But Not Really, located in Kansas City. Wesley provides an accessible gym space for other disabled athletes and encourages others to use the Glider.
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