Years ago, gunshot wounds left me with a spinal cord injury. I began a new life in a wheelchair and deeply depressed. But as a single father to my daughter, Nevaeh, I needed to change. Fitness and nutrition soon entered the picture, and I became empowered.
New health regimes helped me grow personally and professionally. I drew inspiration from my roles as a father and potential role model. I competed as an adaptive bodybuilder and spread positivity. Then, I established a philanthropic organization, Disabled But Not Really (DBNR). My mission is to bring positivity and hope to the disabled community and beyond.
My passion for DBNR is evident by its expansion. DBNR joins community events to raise awareness about the role of good mental and physical health in overcoming life’s challenges. We have expanded our scholarship program for disabled individuals who learn ways to improve their nutrition and fitness. We also support KC’s homeless population, providing dignity care packages, water, and food. And we are just getting started.
I have won bodybuilding competitions, philanthropic awards, and some even say, “the hearts of the world.” I transformed yet again when working with the Fab Five on season 4 of the Netflix hit show, Queer Eye. The Fab Five taught me how to be true to myself, and I was humbled by the experience.
I believe that the highest human act is to inspire. And that is my purpose in life. I work hard to deliver motivating messages on the power of self-love, resilience, and change, trying to make waves in the world. Are you ready?