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Julius B.


Julius was born with congestive heart disease, and during open heart surgery at one year old in 1990, he suffered a mild stroke. What followed was occupational and speech therapies and special education classes in the public school system. By 16, he received his second traumatic brain injury. He was hit by a car driving 45 mph while riding his bike and crossing the street in an unmarked intersection. He received life threatening injuries. Thankfully, he survived this second medical mishap and went on to work his way back to recovery. He has won several awards, participated in youth leadership programs, graduated from high school and held his job as a courtesy clerk at Safeway supermarket for nearly three years. “Jamal” has persevered although the road has not been easy. He struggles with the repercussions of having a stroke and the limitations it sometimes brings, but with that he still lives in the land of possibilities. He is 20 years old, and he is a SURVIVOR in every sense of the word. Right now, he continues to press forward and has applied to a Va. University and is scheduled to interview for a new job at a warehouse with a Fortune 500 company.


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