Waxahachie Daily Light Newspaper Article
February 26, 2016
Four-year-old Abel Rose, who lives in Waxahachie, wears a ball cap signed by the Dallas Starts hockey team. Rose is the youngest sponsored athlete who uses a wheelchair. Diagnosed with Spina Bifida before birth, which has paralyzed him, he has since competed in everything from soccer, to volleyball, to table tennis, golf, baseball and even dirt biking. He’s traveled across state lines to Oklahoma and California, competing in various events and earning medals.
Waxahachie Now Magazine Abel on the cover PDF January 2015
...Timely enough, we came across Abel’s Facebook page. We all “Liked” it and began to follow his journey. In addition to being born with spina bifida myelomeningocele, attending therapy and just being camera ready cute, this little guy, only 18 months old, is a fellow athlete! He’s #WCMX! And, he doesn’t complain about what it takes to make it happen everyday.
…..Two-year-old Abel “Fearless” Rose of Waxahachie was born with spina bifida and has been wheeling himself in his wheelchair since he was 9 months old. Last year, he came to RISE’s skate event and took his first ramps at 18 months old. Abel, who travels for motocross competitions, will be at the No Excuses Throwdown.
“RISE is like family,” said Abel’s mom, Heather Rose. “There is just nothing like them.”
Another Photo of Young Abel Rose April 18, 2014
…Abel just turned 3 on September 17th, 2014. He became the youngest wheelchair athlete at 18 months old. His achievements are in WCMX (adaptive skateboarding), T-ball, surfing, golf, bocci ball, soccer, track, tennis, and did his first 1k last year. This year he competed at the Endeavor Games in Oklahoma in the 20 meter track and came home with gold, 2nd in his class and first and youngest in gold for his age.