CNN's 2016 Hero of the Year spreads message of hope

CNN's 2016 Hero of the Year spreads message of hope

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Jeison Aristizabal was born in Colombia with cerebral palsy; shunned by many.

It took a lot of courage to overcome his disabilities, but Jeison Aristizabal of Colombia has gone beyond himself to help others.

He hopes his message of conviction at The Bridge United Methodist Church in D'Iberville Sunday night has a big payoff.

"My message is you have everything to be happy," Aristizabal said. "Enjoy life."

When he learned that thousands of children with disabilities weren't receiving basic assistance in his own community, he started a nonprofit group that provides free services.

"I learned that seeing other's needs - the needs of other children, the needs of other friends - has to move you to do something for them; to help others in need," Aristizabal said.

And, his own disability wasn't about to stop him.

"Sometimes you think that I have a lot of problems. But whenever I go outside and see others with bigger problems, I realize I am blessed," he said.

"Certainly, it makes my heart very warm to know because it's something I've always wanted to convey to my family, to my children that you need to fight for what you believe and you can do what you want to do if you put your mind and your heart to it," Gordon Myrick said.

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