Hi, my name is Corbin McKenzie. I was born with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is caused by lack of oxygen to the brain. My CP makes it hard to walk or use my legs, but my mom was committed to making my childhood as normal as possible. I did everything that a normal child could do like sitting on Santa’s lap and going on vacation trips. I went to grade school at Martinez Elementary School. I grew up around able bodied kids. By the time I finished grade school I was a normal kid.
As school progressed, I began to face challenges with my school work like everyone else. I learned that challenges are just a part of my life. I had my least favorite subject...which was the whole public school system. I felt like it was a waste of time. I learned to dust banisters in high school. What a joke! But I knew my education was worth more than that. I did roll across the stage, but I gave the public school system the finger. They just weren’t able to give me what I needed. I spent my whole senior year getting an online high school diploma, so I could get a job and a college education. I am currently working on my college and I am nearly finished with my medical billing and coding studies. I now work at the Family Y as an inspiration to our members. I’m a Member Service Representative and absolutely love my job because a simple hello can make a difference in someone’s day. I am also a volunteer coach of a baseball team in the Miracle League of Augusta. So as you can see, I want to live my life to the fullest. I am just doing it one wheel at a time.