DALLAS, Tx. — Sometimes strength isn’t measured in one’s physical abilities, but rather in the power of one’s mind.
Vanessa Cantu says, “I was in a car accident, it was 1998, it left me pretty much paralyzed.”
Christopher Livesay adds, “I`m an above the knee amputee secondary to a gunshot wound in Baghdad, Iraq.”
Brian Aft says, “I was injured in Afghanistan. I was literally mid-jump then kaboom.”
Three people, three different backgrounds but they have one thing in common — the strong desire to improve their limited mobility.
Work-outs at ‘The Performance Vault’ in Dallas are tedious, grueling, and rewarding.
The man who runs this operation, David Vabora, is a former NFL player. In 2008, he was the last pick in the draft, and unwittingly earned the nick name ‘Mr. Irrelevant.’
Vobora says, “I already had a chip on my shoulder to prove myself, and this was just another thing. I take a whole lot of pride to prove doubters wrong.’
Now Mr. Irrelevant is anything but, and is changing lives in north Texas.
Cantu says, “We talked for about an hour and he wasn`t scared of any part of my disability.”
Vabora put Cantu through the paces…the first time she tried the high trainer treadmill she could already feel something familiar.
Vobora says, “As she was walking her first she stopped abruptly and I was really nervous something happened and tears were going down her face. I said Vanessa what’s wrong? She said this is the first time in 15 years I`ve felt my calfs on fire.”
Cantu says, “I wasn`t sure what David had to offer but I did it anyways and I`m glad I did.”
The Performance Vault is a non-profit organization, and offers these workouts free of charge, but most importantly it offers hope.
Vobora says, “Each one of these people, Vanessa, Brian, Chris, they all have a story, and because of their courageous will-power they can spread hope through that as well.”