16-year-old Robert Rodriguez goes by one thing most youngsters his age do not have to fret about: most cancers.
“When I was diagnosed with cancer…I kind of forgot how to be myself,” Rodriguez mentioned.
On Tuesday, Rodriguez accomplished his want from Make-A-Want North Texas when Titan Health delivered a customized barbell to go together with the house fitness center he wished for and acquired.
“It’s a really therapeutic experience for me,” Rodriguez mentioned. “The fact that I’m able to lift weights, I mean, I remember when I could barely walk on my own.”
In October 2020, Rodriguez was recognized with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most typical sort of childhood most cancers. Nonetheless, nothing about it was frequent to him.
“For most of my life, I kind of identified as being a sporty person,” Rodriguez mentioned.
His chemotherapy therapies and COVID dangers made sports activities and going to the fitness center dangerous.
“It was very lonely, and like, you see everyone move forward with their lives and sometimes you just wish you could do that,” Rodriguez mentioned. “People are worried about what they’re gonna do when they Grow up. I’m worried if I’m going to make it. If I’m ever going to be that age.”
Rodriguez mentioned the Make-A-Want granted made him really feel seen and valued.
“I’m not a quitter. It’s just gonna take some hard work and it’s something I can overcome,” Rodriguez mentioned. “I just always gotta look at the bright side and keep pushing forward.”