A local man living with a rare disorder is on a mission to touch the lives of others. He’s doing this by reaching out to children, also born with disabilities, and showing them anything is possible through reading.
Albert Martinez has Trisomy 8, a rare chromosomal disease that affects many parts of his body. At 37-years old, he’s never let it keep him from his passion for reading, or from sharing that love with others.
It’s being part of the community and making new friends that have helped Martinez develop the passion of reading to children.
“He’s always enjoyed being around children. Just that positive energy, of course, right Albert?” said Angela Redondo, Albert’s sister.
It’s already been nearly two years since Martinez first picked up a book to read to children and now, he’s ready to reach out to more. That is what has brought him to Shining Stars Preschool in Rio Rancho, a school for children with developmental disabilities.
“Half of our students are students with special needs. Albert, of course, has special needs himself. What a great opportunity to have him here at our school and really to celebrate him and making a difference with kids,” said Kim Johns, Principal of Shining Stars Preschool.
Martinez and his sister, hope this will show people that anything is possible.
“To have other children see themselves and the potential that they have and that they can be part of their community as well,” said Redondo.
Redondo hopes that this is just the beginning of future opportunities for Martinez, or other individuals with disabilities, to be a part of their community.
Martinez hopes to continue to read to more schools in the metro area.