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Climaco "Enrique" Abarca a Red Cross real hero

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Tri Cities WA - Climaco "Enrique" Abarca is one of this year's Red Cross real heroes. He is a 21 year old who takes time out of his day volunteering to help others.

This is the kind of story that deserves to be told over and over again.

It's about how Enrique Abarca has made the best with what life has given him.

Enrique is not what you would call, a regular 21 year old. 

He spends his free time and energy at the Grace Clinic, doing whatever he's able.

Wheelchair bound, with limited use of his hands, Enrique could easily depend on the help of others.

 Instead, he helps others by interpreting Spanish for patients, and reaching out as a mentor to the youth.

In 2001, Enrique was a high school dropout, then his life took a new turn when he injured his spinal cord in a diving accident, leaving him paralyzed.

"I dropped out of high school and then I went back after my accident, and changed my whole life around, started getting good grades.  Went to college, graduated from college." Said Enrique

Sandi Abarra nominated Enrique and said " He's an example to everyone in the office and an inspiration to the youth. And that impresses me, that he's not letting his disabilities stop him from having a heart for serving others."

Enrique can only be in his wheelchair for six hours a day. The rest of his day he must spend in bed, and serving others is what he chooses to do with his time.

"Right now I'm in a lot of pain, but I'm here because I like it." He explains, so far he hasn't let the pain stop him.

His challenges will continue, but Enrique's giving spirit makes him not just a good Samaritan, but a real hero.