Hansel Aquino; One In A Million
In the world of mixed marital arts we often see warriors inside the cage, but rarely do we see the everyday champions that claim triumphs over personal tragedy outside of the cage.
Eighteen year old, Los Angelos, CA, resident Hansel Aquino’s life completely changed when a medical mystery turned life threatening. Aquino had just gotten into training when he noticed a boil on his leg – or so he thought it was. Along with his assumptions, the doctors also believed it was a treatable condition; something similar to a rash. They gave him all kinds of medicines and creams until they finally started doing tests after nothing was appearing to heal it. They discovered what was much worse than a then expected. Aquino was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Epthiliod Sarcoma.
“At first I laughed and then it became real to me. I was in complete shock. I didn’t drink or smoke, I was an athlete; a normal 18 year old kid. It was my senior year.”
Epthiliod Sarcoma is extremely rare; Aquino was the only one in California diagnosed with it at the time. He was a true ‘one in a million’. Doctors were telling Aquino that the only way he would survive this was if they amputated his leg.
“I told them to take every muscle they can so that I can keep my left leg, and they kept telling me the amount of muscle they had to take would make my leg physically unusable. I really didn’t want to lose my leg. I was determined and said right up until the surgery that I would end up walking on it again. The doctors thought I was dreaming big, but my mind is powerful – determined.”
After the surgery Aquino was laying in his hospital bed when he got up and decided to try out this unusable leg. Aquino was able to walk on it. He was once again ‘one in a million’.
“Walking was a memorable moment for me. I cried for my first and last time. I cried out of happiness – they were tears of joy and thankfulness.”
Today Aquino is cancer free and spreads his positivity and enthusiasm to his ‘little cancer warriors’ at local hospitals.
“I call them my cancer warriors because all they know is to keep going. These kids are 4 and 5 and 6 years old. They don’t know why cancer chose them. They don’t understand the disease. I want to give them the power to keep pushing, and be there for support.”
Aquino is fairly new and also very active in MMA and his training. His record is 1-0 .He trains daily in L.A and Las Vegas and rotates between two gyms. He trains at Danger and Defiant in L.A and flies out to Las Vegas to train with Ryan Couture at Xtreme Couture.
“I love all of my training and its exciting training with Ryan Couture, but I plan on moving out to Las Vegas because it’s such a hassle flying back and forth regularly. “
Aquino’s next fight is on October 21st, 2012 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angelos, CA. against an unknown opponent at this time
“I make sure to train all areas and be well rounded so that I can be competitive against whoever gets in the cage with me.”
From hardship, to rehab, to finalization Aquino has achieved success through his internal conflicts along with his physical and mental abilities. Aquino hopes to continue working towards success with his cage fighting, cancer warriors and newest cancer foundation, IAC (It Ain’t Chemo!).
“I’m glad it happened to me, because I can be the one to push others and say that nothing is impossible. This sport has kept me alive and pushing forward, it’s all I ever think about, and I hope to reach my full potential in the near future.”
Sponsors Hansel Aquino would like to thank:
– Gun Store
– RYU (Respect Your Universe)
– Faction Mouth Guards
– IAC (It Ain’t Chemo!)
– Xtreme Couture
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