Helping Beneficiaries Stricken with Spina Bifida

Ms. Wheelchair Washington: “Can’t thank the VA enough.”


Photo by Aditya Ganapathiraju

By Walt Bonora, Chief Business Office Purchased Care

Thursday, January 8, 2015

When Evelyna Castro sees herself in a wheelchair she doesn’t think of herself as disabled. Instead, she has turned her disability into something positive.

Born with spina bifida, a debilitating spinal disorder that happens when a baby is in the womb and the spinal column doesn’t close all the way, Evelyna, 33, has refused to let her condition stand in her way. In fact, she was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Washington of 2014; her platform was Acceptance through Diversity. “Don’t let society or circumstances dictate your life,” says the Washington state resident and native of…

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