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Cool Kid shows his strength through art

June 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Cool Kid" Gabe Razo has found expression in his pictures, poetry and performance; showing he is not bound by the wheelchair in which he sits."When they look at my photography and my writing, it's like they're taking off a blindfold and they don't see the wheelchair," says Gabe. "They're seeing the real Gabriel Razo."

Gabe is senior at Banning High School who is committed to helping other students with challenges through the Best Buddies program.

"They give me such a joy working with special ed kids," says Gabe. "Not everybody treats them right ... How they should be treated ... as equals. And that's really what they are, they're equals."

As an artist or as a fellow student, people watch Gabe inspire others.

"In these days where kids don't understand there is so much opportunity ... and they need to jump on it," said Alan Seigel a fine arts teacher. "They see someone like Gabriel taking every opportunity and that brings something out in everyone."

Gabe says, just like any work of art, people should look beyond what they see at first glance.

"Never, ever underestimate someone who is mentally disabled or physically disabled. My strongest muscle is my mind," says Gabe. "When I put my mind to good use, I can accomplish anything."

For Gabe, nothing stands in the way to his goals. He is our "Cool Kid."

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