Running Toward the Light: The George Mendoza Story

Running Toward the Light The George Mendoza Story At the age of fifteen George Mendoza lost all of his central vision and percent of his peripheral vision After months of research Mendoza s mother learned bright light could sometimes help those

  • Title: Running Toward the Light: The George Mendoza Story
  • Author: William J. Buchanan
  • ISBN: 9780826337511
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • Running Toward the Light: The George Mendoza Story

    At the age of fifteen, George Mendoza lost all of his central vision and 80 percent of his peripheral vision After months of research, Mendoza s mother learned bright light could sometimes help those with vision problems similar to his In 1972, hoping to help her son, she moved them both from New York to Las Cruces, New Mexico.Mendoza was angry and bitter he was a teenaAt the age of fifteen, George Mendoza lost all of his central vision and 80 percent of his peripheral vision After months of research, Mendoza s mother learned bright light could sometimes help those with vision problems similar to his In 1972, hoping to help her son, she moved them both from New York to Las Cruces, New Mexico.Mendoza was angry and bitter he was a teenager who faced limitations he had never imagined Enrolled in the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped, he renewed an earlier passion for running track, but his resentment did not leave him.Shortly after high school graduation, Mendoza heard of the curative powers of El Santuario de Chimayo in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains north of Santa Fe He hitchhiked to the small village, skeptical of a miracle cure His vision was not restored, but Mendoza underwent a transformation in the Chimayo chapel He realized he was not handicapped he was a person with a handicap I ve got bad eyes, sure, but there s nothing wrong with my heart or my lungs or my legs He concluded he was meant to be an inspiration to others with a handicap Thus began a new chapter in George Mendoza s life He joined the track team at New Mexico State University, entered marathons, and, in 1980, ran in the International Olympiad for the Physically Handicapped in the Netherlands.Today, Mendoza has perfected another hidden talent he is an exceptional artist and his one man shows are continual reminders that having a handicap does not diminish the individual s abilities in other areas This biography of the man who refuses to be handicapped will be an inspiration to all who read it Running Toward the Light is the true story of George s long journey back from darkness into the light I find the book tremendously important not only for its dramatic impact, but for the indefatigable courage of the man who is its subject So many of us are tempted to crumble under what we perceive to be unbearable burdens It s an inspiration and a challenge to read about one who has triumphed over that, and so much Jane Seymour, television and screen actress

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    1. Emilyat Reaching While Rooted

      I started this book apprehensive, it was assigned reading. I was surprised with this novel and thought it was a wonderful look into the life of someone with an exceptionality, and how society views him. This book was a very real look into someone struggling to make something out of his life and overcome the obstacles placed in his path.

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