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My name is JP.  I lost my leg in a motorcycle accident back in 97.  While it took me a while to realize that my life wasn’t that bad, I haven’t looked back since.  As a spokesperson and mentor for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, I have mentored many amputees and encouraged them to engage in an active lifestyle.  By being as active as possible (running marathons, doing triathlons, snowboarding) I have credible proof that anything is possible.

NO Fear
JP getting ready to run the Boston Marathon
My primary fundraising charity is the Challenged Athletes Foundation.  They provide financial and emotional support for disabled athletes who want to better themselves through sport. A sport wheelchair can cost $5,000 or more.  A prosthetic running foot, $4,000 to $7,000. CAF provides scholarships to disabled athletes so they can do what most people take for granted, participate in sports. I push myself year after year to participate in increasingly difficult competitions such as the Boston Marathon, Vineman Half Ironman, the Escape from Alcatraz so I can raise money for the CAF.  Click here to donate to the CAF.
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To help the cause, I’m running marathons on one leg.  All you have to do is click here to donate to the CAF.  My goal is to compete in the Ironman world championships in Kona, the toughest race on the planet.

As an American Latino of Argentine descent who also works in the field of multicultural marketing (my business, Cultural Edge Consulting, is dedicated to helping corporate America reach the increasingly diverse consumer more effectively), I realized that Latinos in the US and in Latin America don’t have as many visible disabled role models as they could have.  Since I am bilingual, I have decided to also reach out to Spanish-speaking Latinos in the US and Latin America to show them that “todo es posible” (anything is possible).  I am in the process of reaching out to the disabled community in Latin America to help raise awareness of the disabled empowerment movement.  Additionally, I made the site bilingual so that my friends and family in Latin America can stay in touch with me and know what I’m up to.

I am putting together a Challenged Latino relay team for the CAF Triathlon Challenge, called Latinos Unidos.  Email me if you or anyone you know is interested in sponsoring the team (possibly need help in transporting people from Peru and Mexico).

Blood Brothers - by Micheal Weisskopf, Time Columnist who lost his arm covering the Iraq war.
 No Excuses - Kyle Maynard
 One’s Man Leg - by Paul 
Challenged Athletes 
Foundation, an organization that funds and supports challenged athletes.
My New Leg, a blog about the experiences of getting a prosthesis.

JP is sponsored by these fine organizations...
JP is a spokesperson and fundraiser for CAF.  Click on the logo to make a donation