“Fun” Friday: 29-year-old Aaron Wheelz doesn’t give up and jumps a second time despite spina bifida
“I was born with spina bifida, and obviously, I can’t ride a bike or a skateboard, but life gave me a different set of wheels,” he said right out of the gate during his audition.
Being born with spina bifida, he knows what it is like to be different. Growing up, he’s had over 23 surgeries during his lifetime, each to help him walk or be more independent.
“Growing up with the disability, there’s always this push to walk- you should be working or using crutches- almost as if using a wheelchair was giving up.”
Watching his friends drop in at a skate park, he decided to just try it. From then on, a passion was born.
After over-rotating on his first try, he defies the odds by scooting his butt on the stairs for the first few stairs and getting help from assistants to get to the top.
“The first one tells you what you did wrong, and the second one you come through and brings it,”