Little People, Big Hearts --The Most Inspirational Kids of 2016.

Little People, Big Hearts --The Most Inspirational Kids of 2016.

When then 6 year old Diego Mercado saw a person with a prosthetic leg like his own running in a marathon, he was inspired to do the same. Team Diego was born from that motivation and became a non-profit organization run by Diego and dad Captain Jason Mercado in order to raise money to provide prosthetics to children and vets.

Child with prosthetic leg works out with wounded veteran

Child with prosthetic leg works out with wounded veteran

"As [the wounded warriors] passed, they saw Diego with a prosthetic sitting out front, and one by one they stopped, they stopped," said Captain Mercado. He says it meant a lot to his son to have them stop and greet him. "Those guys out there, they were still active duty guys doing it."

A Little Soldier's Big Dream--How a boy found inspiration and turned it into a non-profit.

A Little Soldier's Big Dream--How a boy found inspiration and turned it into a non-profit.

"Dad, they have prosthetics like me!" Diego, who has adaptive challenges due to the amputation of one leg and several fingers, saw for the first time people with the same limitations he has and realized that they were able to do great things.

This meant he could do great things too!

 

Warrior Spirits – the Inspiring Stories Behind #TeamDiego

Warrior Spirits – the Inspiring Stories Behind #TeamDiego

Jason was heartbroken and in shock.  His world collapsed.  He told us he cried for about a month. But since none of his commanding officers or even his Chaplain could help him, he had only one place to turn: God. So he had a one on One conversation with the Big Guy and poured out his heart.