SAN ANTONIO, TX - Diego Mercado,10, has always wanted to be a soldier, like his father, but his dad wasn't always sure his son would be able to follow in his footsteps.
Captain Jason Mercado's son was born with one leg, and uses a prosthetic to get around. Captain Mercado's perspective changed when the two attended a Ride 2 Recovery wounded warrior event.
"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."
Since then, the father and son have started a non-profit benefitting children with disabilities and wounded veterans. The father and son team compete in races to fundraise for children and veterans. Diego Mercado is also active on social media, raising awareness for both groups.
In one video, Diego Mercado works out with his hero, Jose Luis Sanchez, a marine who lost his leg while serving in Afghanistan.
Diego Mercado says it all goes back to his advice for others: "don't give up, and keep on going."
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