SAN ANTONIO - A young college student finds strength in his family to cope with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an inherited disorder of progressive muscular weakness that’s typically in boys.
Corey Brooks is also using power soccer to inspire others in a similar situation.
The 22-year old has been playing the sport for the last four years. It's a sport he never thought he would be able to play.
Growing up, he sat on the sidelines watching his older brother and sister playing soccer.
"I've been watching them play since I was a little kid. I thought it was awesome that they got to play all these sport and get all the glory," Corey said.
Corey was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was 3-years-old. His mother took him took the doctor when she noticed he was having trouble walking.
"I was very bad with taking steps. I would fall a lot. Sometimes I would fall for no reason."
Through the years Corey slowly lost his mobility and at the age of 11, he lost his ability to walk.
“It becomes harder to move my arms. It becomes harder to breathe. It affects my heart."
Despite the condition, Corey has managed to keep a positive attitude.
"Honestly, what got me through everything, was my family. They definitely helped me a lot."
Corey's positive attitude soared to new heights four years ago when someone approached him and asked him to play power soccer.
"It felt amazing,” Corey said. “It was surreal that I could actually be out there playing a sport."
Corey's been hooked ever since. Now, once a week he can be found tearing up the wood at Morgan's Wonderland with the STRAPS Power Soccer team.
"It's made me feel better about myself that I can actually be good at something."
Corey is now the one recruiting other people who may be in a similar situation to join the team. He hopes to inspire them to lead a great life despite being in a wheelchair.
"I feel truly blessed. I feel my life as purpose and meaning."
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