Ramiro was raised in Washington; he is a second-generation Mexican American. During Ramiro’s childhood, he stayed with his father during the summer in eastern Washington and worked at the ranch his father owned. “It conditioned me to be able to work in all types of weather,” Ramiro said. He credits his father and family for instilling a strong work ethic in him. Ramiro got his first official job at 16 and enjoyed working. He worked his way into many professions, from food service to roofing, car detailing, and construction. In his 20s and 30s, Ramiro had two children, a daughter, and a son. A few months after his second child was born, Ramiro caught the flu. One of the nights he was sick, he got up to go lay down in his bed. As he went to lie down, he slipped off the bed and hit his head on the wall. The blow to his head paralyzed him. Ramiro spent the first year after being paralyzed recovering from a broken neck. After about a year he started to attend physical therapy. With about 4 years of intensive physical therapy, and Ramiro’s determination to not give up, he was walking again. The relief he felt was indescribable. He was finally able to get around by himself, and most importantly, play with his son.