I am Reyna Garcia, an artist originally from Mexico City but now living in Grand Rapids. I was diagnosed with polio, which affected my left leg, when I was six years old. That’s when my life changed. While my parents tried to support me by taking me to a rehabilitation hospital for therapy for a few years, I didn’t understand the situation and I struggled with walking and the thought of losing my leg.
But my strength and persistence grew as I became an adult. After moving to New York, my dreams came true. I met a doctor in New York that performed surgery on my leg so that amputation was out of the realm of possibilities. I’m grateful to the Little Brothers of the Gospel that helped me get to doctor appointments and helped with translation.
Moving to Grand Rapids was another way for me to get additional help. Mary Free Bed was the reason for my relocation. At Mary Free Bed, I received financial support to have shoes specially made for me. Now I can walk with confidence.
My art, which is based on the empowerment of women, is a direct representation of my triumph over adversity. I began painting at the age of 15 and studied art at Bellas Artes School in Mexico. You may contact me at email@example.com or visit my blog spot at www.reynaart.blogspot.com