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Despite Needing Crutches To Get Around, Man Manages To Become A Breakdancing Champion

Date August 27, 2018

Since birth, Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli has suffered from a condition known as Arthrogryposis. The genetic condition occurs when a joint becomes permanently fixed in a bent or straightened position.

 

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Luca's legs were affected, but he did not let this stop him from going for his dreams. To prove how much of an inspiration he is, the athlete, born on July 28, 1984, went on to perform at the 2010 Winter Paralympics opening ceremony.

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Breakdancer with superhuman abilities

Despite his muscle disorder, Luca has managed to learn how to dance with and without his crutches. After many years of breaking grounds in the dancing world, he chose to share his passion with disabled children. 

He has been able to inspire the kids at a rehabilitation facility in Montreal. In an interview with CBC, he revealed that he often visited the rehab center to spend time with the children.

 

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Luca could relate to them in a way most people couldn't because when he was younger, a significant portion of his childhood was spent in the hospital.

 

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It was extremely difficult,

he told CBC adding that a brief visit from a volunteer clown would brighten his day at the time. It served as a distraction when he needed it the most and now he's doing the same for other kids.

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His goal is to show the children that despite their disabilities, they can still find a way to express themselves through dance.

A powerful message

In 2015, in honor of International Dance Day, Luca shared a very strong message that he hoped people would be inspired by.

No matter what age, race, sex or ability one may have, everyone can dance. Dance is within all of us.

 

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He went on to talk about how powerful dance is and how much it strongly connects us to the world. Describing dance as the "ultimate form of self-expression" he concluded his declaration by urging people, whether young or old, male or female, to keep dancing and exploring that part of themselves.

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