Friday, April 6, 2012
Medical Reports: The Sole Brothers
A Coral Springs teenager is confined to a wheelchair, but thanks to his cousin, he has found a way to walk for charity. 7's Craig Stevens shows us how they became the Sole Brothers.
WSVN -- Thirteen-year-old Adam Ramjattan struggles to walk on his own and spends most of his days at home confined to a wheelchair.
Rachel Ramjattan, Adam's Mother: "He does not have an easy life. Every breath is a struggle. He is on oxygen 24 hours a day."
Adam Ramjattan: "My muscles are a little weak, so I get tired faster than most people."
Adam was born with a neuro-muscular disease that doctors still can't diagnose. It affects everything from his muscles to his speech.
Rachel Ramjattan, Adam's Mother: "We've never been able to get a diagnosis. At first, it was troubling, but in a way, I think that was God's gift to us, because now we don't have a label."
Adam still lives the life of a normal teenager. He does school work, plays outside, and even beats his friends at video games.
Rachel Ramjattan, Adam's Mother: "He was determined he was going to live, not just exist."
Recently though, his mother says the tough reality of his situation hit Adam.
Rachel Ramjattan, Adam's Mother: "Putting him to bed one night, he said, 'Mom, how am I going to ever make a difference in the world? I'm stuck in a chair.' As a mother, it just stabbed at my heart."
But in true Adam fashion, he shocked everyone a few days later when he came up with a unique way to make a difference.
Rachel Ramjattan, Adam's Mother: "He heard me talking about the St. Luke's Walk, because I work with the agency that is doing the walk. He said, 'Mom, I want to walk.' It was one of those days where I was stressed out, and I said, 'How?' because I wasn't thinking."
Adam had the perfect plan. He would ask his cousin and best bud Julien to be his legs on April 14 for Catholic Charities' Recovery Walk to help people with addictions.
Adam Ramjattan: "I thought of Julien, because he has the perfect legs."
Julien Stephenson, Adam's cousin: "He said that he wanted to leave a mark on the world, so I told him I would help. I'm going to be walking in it, he's going to be driving beside me, cheering me on."
Adam and Julien call themselves "The Sole Brothers" and are raising money through a Facebook page and the Catholic Charities website.
Adam Ramjattan: "So far, I have raised $6,060, and i'm hoping to raise $10,000 and up."
Rachel Ramjattan, Adam's Mother: "I'm very proud of you, Adam."
The boys have even gotten shout-outs on their page from Dan Marino and Gloria Estefan, plus a gift from actor Martin Sheen.
Julien and Adam: "The Sole Brothers!"
Even though Adam won't be using his legs in the race, his heart will surely inspire others to go do something really big.
Adam Ramjattan: "Everyone can make a difference by doing little things, not just big."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc.www.ccadm.org/solebrothers