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Abel Gonzalez shares powerful message of determination in the face of rheumatoid arthritis


We’ve watched Abel Gonzalez tackle obstacles for years on American Ninja Warrior. But what he’s overcome off the course is even more inspiring.

Abel has rheumatoid arthritis. Around age 20, he began noticing a dull pain in his knee. A short time later, doctors told him he had about seven years of movement left before he’d need a wheelchair.

But Abel hasn’t let that terrifying moment define him. In the video above, he talks about how he’s committed to not only his future, but to inspiring the next generation of Ninjas through sharing his story.