“I want to show my son that he can do whatever he wants and if he would like to play sports his disability does not hinder him. “
Meet Aaron Brabson
Aaron’s story is somewhat different from most transformation stories. He didn’t have a life threatening illness or was told that if he didn’t lose weight it would jeopardize his life expectancy. He didn’t go on a long journey to get where he is today, in fact he didn’t even do it for himself.
In 2012 his son Kayden was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He had a astrocytoma tumor located in the back of his head that was close to the size of a tennis ball. After spending over a month in the hospital and several successful surgeries (He had also had surgery on his eyes and still struggles to see out of his right eye), he was able to take his son home just before Halloween. These types of tumors are extremely rare in kids this young and thankfully it was a benign tumor. Kayden turned 3 on January 15.
“That was the hardest days of our lives.”
The doctors told them there would be a long road to recovery and he would have trouble playing sports because he will need years of physical and occupational therapy, which he currently does twice a week. He wears special braces on his legs called AROs to help keep his feet straight and walk correctly. His progress has been slow but he has made amazing progress so far. His road is still a long one and Aaron wanted to be inspiration for his son. He wanted to show him that anything is possible. So in June of 2013, he decided to start training and competing in OCR and mudruns.
Although he was not in terrible shape or overweight by any means, he has taken the challenge to transform himself in order to compete in OCR and mudrun events. “I want to show my son that he can do whatever he wants and if he would like to play sports his disability does not hinder him, he is my hero and has done so much for my life” says Arron. In his limited time he has been competing in OCR, he has found the community to be one of the most kind hearted and embracing group of people he has ever met. “I love the OCR community and see people with disabilities completing the events. They are not letting their disability define them and that is what I want to show to my son.”
He supports his son in everything he does and he wants to show him that if his dad can do OCR and mudruns and compete with the younger guys, then his son can play any sport he wants with determination and hard effort. Aaron continues to push himself and help his son push himself everyday.
“I wear the Thor jersey to remind me how my super hero is my son and to always push myself to the best of my ability”
Aaron and his son currently reside in Weatherford, Texas just outside of Fort Worth. You can find Aaron training hard at his local gym and he runs at numerous locations including running trails and at his local track. He is a member of the Lone Star Spartans and usually competes in their waves. You can see him running at the events in his THOR shirt which he received from his sister for Christmas. Aaron states: ” I wear the Thor jersey to remind me how my super hero is my son and to always push myself to the best of my ability.”
Aaron and Kayden can often be seen at the park kicking soccer balls and taking in the occasional Texas Rangers baseball game. Aaron belives that Kayden can grow up and be an amazing baseball player someday, and is getting T-Ball down! He is optimistic that he will be released to run soon and it will open up a whole new world for him.
Before his son Aaron struggled with alcohol addiction and lived a rough life. His son made him want to be a better person and get help with his addiction. “Our transformation is still ongoing but we have came so far and there is no way either one of us will be giving up anytime soon” says Aaron.
Aaron competed in the Fort Worth Armageddon Ambush in April 2014 and is now a member of our Ambush Army and friend. We want to wish him and his son the best of luck in all challenges they face in the upcoming future. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished thus far, keep reaching and exceeding your goals.
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