I Survived Childhood Slavery And Now I Thrive

by Cas

Semperfi All American

Semperfi All American

I was born in Haiti with many siblings. It was just a dark moment of being poor everyday with nothing. My biological parents couldn’t really take care of all of us. So my brother Emmanuel took care of me.

I don’t remember how I became a child slave. I was too young at the time, but I did go through starvation, homelessness, and poverty until a missionary bought me for $60.

My hearing is about the same in both ears, but my left ear hears a little bit better than my right ear. I think I might’ve been born with some type of sickness that caused my hearing loss. I wear hearing aids to mostly just school.

I did not even notice it in Haiti. In America the only difference was that my family and I found out I was hard of hearing.

The Haiti experience I think was more challenging with dark moments every day. Six years of suffering from sickness caused a lot of damage to my body. My learning is different because I never went to school. The size of me might have been different if I had better nutrition. My breathing isn’t the best due to suffering from tuberculosis. The loss of hearing makes it more challenging for me.

I am currently a senior at Edison High School. My favorite subject has always been history because it’s a great way to prepare me for a better future.

Football for me started when I was in kindergarten which was at the time flag football. Tackle football started in 5th grade, which was when I became really interested. Right now I’m preparing myself to play college ball for Gallaudet. I go to Next Level after almost every practice to lift, box, run, and stretch with EJ. My dream is to play in the NFL because I want to give back to Haiti.

My plan after graduation is to prepare myself for academics and athletics at Gallaudet University. My family and I were also going to go to France to visit my aunt Ghislaine and Nika Bartzen, but something came up.

I have received the following awards:
Selection to USA Football National U14 Team in July 2013 - Canton, Ohio as a Linebacker
National Underclassmen Combine Top 100 in June 2015 - Cincinnati, Ohio as a Running Back
Gatorade G Award at Mount Union Football Camp in June 2015 - Alliance, Ohio as a Running Back
Football University Top Gun in July 2015 - Dublin, Ohio as a Running Back.
2x Iron Man lifting
2x 1000 LB Club lifting
2x 225 LB Bench Club
2 sports Varsity Letter winner
All SBC Honorable mention
2017 Week 10 Play of the Game vs. Huron
MaxPreps National Athlete of the Month (February)
Semperfi All American of the Year
All SBC second team RB
CNN Positive Athletes
Gallaudet Commit

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Jul 09, 2019
Truly Inspiring!
by: Dr. DeFoore

Hi Cas - Thanks so much for sharing your story here!

You've been through so much hardship, but that clearly does not define you. You are defined and identified by your accomplishments, your achievements, and your bright spirit of enthusiasm.

I wish you all the happiness and success going forward!

My very best to you,

Dr. DeFoore

My best

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