Despite having cerebral palsy, Justin Gallegos has spent the last seven years pursuing his passion for running – and his hard work has finally paid off.
Gallegos has just become the first athlete with cerebral palsy to sign a professional contract with Nike.
In a heart-wrenching new video that was filmed by Elevation Om productions, Gallegos is surprised with the contract after finishing a running practice with his University of Oregon team.
Overcome with emotion, the 21-year-old athlete breaks down in tears and sinks to his knees.
The video was symbolically published on October 6th: World Cerebral Palsy Day.
“This was perhaps the most emotional moment in my seven years of running!” Gallegos wrote on Instagram. “Growing up with a disability, the thought of becoming a professional athlete is as I have said before like the thought of climbing Mt. Everest! It is definitely possible, but the odds are most definitely not in your favor! Hard work pays off!”
(WATCH the video below) – Photo by Elevation Om
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