Abel Cruz is a 56-year old left leg above-knee-amputee. He retired from the U. S. Navy at the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 2001. He then worked as a Mortgage Loan Officer until his accident in August of 2005. Abel has been married to his wife Jerri for 30 years and has two sons Eric and Tristen and two daughters Jennifer and Michelle. He has seven grandchildren.
Abel was traveling on his motorcycle to Mississippi to visit old navy friends when he had a freak accident. A wheel came loose from a semi truck that was being towed westbound and struck Abel who was riding his motorcycle in the opposite direction. This accident resulted in Abel having an above the knee amputation complicated with left shoulder, left femoral neck and pelvic fractures. This slowed his recovery and delayed him getting his prosthetic leg until February 2006. Before he could walk again Abel was peddling a bike with the help of a stationary trainer and the motivation and encouragement of his son Eric an avid cyclist. He credits his recovery and survival to his faith in God, the power of prayer and his strong family and friend support.
Abelís life changing amputation has shown him that he can still live a productive and full life. He has few limitations and if he does encounter one he know there is always someone who is willing and capable of helping him. Abelís attitude is that if he comes up to a barrier in the road and cannot get over it he then has to figure out how to get around it. Abel hopes that riding with Amputees Across America will help other amputees rise above their perceived limitations and get their lives back. His life will never be the same, but nothing says it canít be better.