If you’ve ever seen an advertisement for Shriners Hospitals for Children, you’ve probably “met” Alec Cabacungan of Chicago.
Over the years, Alec has become the cheerful and resilient face of the many kids who seek treatment and solace within the hospital’s walls, and it’s not hard to understand why. The 17-year-old high school student conquers every challenge that comes his way — and inspires everyone he meets in the process.
Alec started going to Shriners when he was just 2 months old because he was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease. As a result, he’s broken more than 60 bones, but he hasn’t let that keep him from pursuing his passion for sports.
In fact, he’s spent countless hours shooting hoops and scrimmaging with other kids who use wheelchairs on the hospital’s basketball court. “This place is very special to me,” he said. “I took my first steps on this court. This is home.”
So when Shriners decided to thank him for years of hard work with a special tribute in 2018, they knew just what to do. They named the court after the teenager who has given so much of himself to help others!
“We receive letters on a daily basis from people all over the country who are touched by Alec, by his life, his can-do spirit, and his warm personality,” said Stephanie Herron, Shriners’ chief development officer. “In a world that is so often filled with cynicism and turmoil, Alec brings people joy and gives them hope.”
Now when people step foot on this basketball court, they’ll instantly be reminded that we all have the ability to be strong, humble, and kind — regardless of our circumstances. Keep up the great work, Alec!
Watch the video below to learn more about Alec’s journey, and don’t forget to share.
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