Yen Hoang is a wheel chair racer and student at Evergreen High School. Her name means "Royal bird" in Vietnamese, and very fitting as she flies around the track in preparation for a Gold Medal at the next Paralympics.
She is paralyzed from the rare disease called Cauda Equine Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder.
While she has been in a wheel chair since age four, this fact has never stopped her from wanting to compete and be the best in both basketball and track.
I first heard about Yen from her sister, who is one of my caregivers at my assisted living home.
"How can I not be inspired by her?" she says matter of factly.
Indeed we all should have the desire to do our best no matter the odds.