FINDING SUPPORT AND LOVE Through Family and Community
For this month’s main feature, I invited my good friend, Javier Perez, to share his story with us. I’ve known Javier for a long time and have been inspired by him in many ways. Over the past several years, he’s struggled through some of the most challenging moments in his life and has succeeded beyond measure. When we’re faced with hardships in our lives, the people who have overcome adversities before us give us encouragement, support, and love to beat those hardships.
which was something we tried to do often. I was really rushing things that day because my son had a Little League playoff game that evening, and I wanted to get to the game as quickly as possible. After the run, I took a quick shower and went to the game, which was just starting by the time I got there. I ran into a gentleman whose son I had coached many years before, and we started talking on either side of the fence. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a car coming toward us very quickly. I hit the fence as hard as I could to try to get the man I was speaking to out of the way, and he managed to slide away. I turned to help the lady sitting behind me when everything went dark. The next thing I remember is opening my eyes and finding myself in the hospital. I started talking to my wife about the accident, which I thought happened that same day, but my wife told me that the accident
Danny and Javi at the opening of Modern Med Centers
had been a month ago. She told me that I had been in and out, but I don’t remember any of it. During that time, I had gone through 20 surgeries and had both of my legs amputated. The strange thing about the amputation was that when I woke up, I didn’t know it had happened. I could still feel my legs and toes, and they hurt. I remember telling my wife that they were really bothering me and asking if she could get the doctor to give me something because I was in excruciating pain. My wife realized I had no idea what happened to me, and she was the one to tell me about my legs. Learning of my amputations destroyed me for a little bit. It was tough to take. But, throughout that night, I prayed and really started thinking about what happened to me. I quickly came to realize three important things: I am alive. My kids are going to have me. I am here for a purpose. In the month before I woke up, the doctors had given me a 0% chance of survival, and the fact that I did survive was not an accident. At that point, I came to
Three and a half years ago, I was the principal at a local high school here. I was also an avid runner and enjoyed staying in shape. In 2016, on Sept. 26, I had a regular day at work, and afterward, I got together with a few of my colleagues and jogged 4–5 miles together,
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