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Happy Birthday George Mendoza!

Happy Birthday George Mendoza!

Let’s remember this inspiring athlete, artist, and motivational speaker in honor of his birthday.

On this day in 1955, George Mendoza entered the world.  Growing up, Mendoza was always active and creative, taking a particular interest in track and field.  It seemed that Mendoza was on the way to becoming a promising young athlete when he was suddenly struck with a rare eye disease at the age of 15.  His condition progressed quickly, damaging the nerves of his retina and taking away most of his sight.  In a matter of months, Mendoza was declared legally blind.

Struggling to adapt to his world of darkness, Mendoza became angry and despondent.  In an attempt to offer her son the support he needed, Mendoza’s mother moved them from New York to a small town in New Mexico where he could study at the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped.  With encouragement from his teachers and mother, Mendoza regained his love for athletics and joined the U.S. Association for Blind Athletes.  He trained alongside the track team at New Mexico State University and even set a world record for his 4 minutes, 31.7-second mile.  Mendoza would go on to participate in two Olympic games.

Following his athletic career, Mendoza explored his love of the arts and became a renowned painter in his own right.  His brightly colored paintings feature whimsical designs and bold prints that Mendoza claimed to see in his dreams.  Mendoza also went on to become an author and a motivational speaker, inspiring others with his resilience and his refusal to let his disability limit his accomplishments.

We at  The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we remember George Mendoza and his inspiring life journey on his birthday.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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