LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Scoliosis is a scary and often disabling disease that affects 2-3 percent of the population or an estimated six to nine million people in the United States.
However, Raphael Israel, 24, from Little Rock, is beating the odds and using his disease to show his community that anything is possible.
“Everyday is a new day and I don’t plan on stopping,” says Israel. “My Youtube channel is called ‘No Excuses’ for that reason.”
Israel was first diagnosed with scoliosis at age 11. After undergoing six back surgeries and being told by doctors he would never walk again, he is doing the unthinkable.
“I was told that if I did have my first back surgery it would either kill me or it was going to paralyze me for the rest of my life,” Israel explains. “I am not paralyzed and I ain’t dead yet.”
Israel uses his disease as a way to motivate youth in his community.
He uses his social media platforms as a way to show and motivate others. Several of his videos show him working out with young people in his community and him explaining what it means to live with scoliosis.
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