Ruben was involved in a swimming accident which resulted in partial paralysis. Wheelchairs 4 Kids arranged for some very necessary modifications to his manual wheelchair. With the new tires, rims and quick axle release the wheelchair is easier and safer for Ruben to maneuver, allowing him to get out into the community with ease. The new ROHO Hybrid Cushion is also helping to improve his posture and comfort.
Due to the accident Ruben lost his ability to walk and do many other activities that he once enjoyed. However, he perseveres, with a positive attitude and a youthful determination.
Ruben is an all-American teenager. He listens to country music, and his all-time favorite is the heart-felt stylings of Billy Carrington. Ruben is a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants and every homerun motivates him to cheer nearly as loud as a stadium crowd. The film which inspires Ruben is Act of Valor. The movie is about a group of Navy Seals embarking on dangerous missions to protect America. Bravery and valor are often found in simpler ways, however, such as illustrated by a young man named Ruben who is victorious over an unrelenting enemy of disability.