Originally Published in New York Times Lens Blog on May 5, 2019 As: Disability Didn't End Their Athletic Dreams It Started Them
At a gym in Queens, Donahue Fields is training people and laying the foundation for a new sport: wheelchair boxing. He has fought suicidal thoughts, depression and a lack of confidence, since he became a bilateral amputee due to complications from gunshot wounds in the Bronx. Subsequently, he became a victim of domestic violence, when he was freshly in the chair and vowed to never let himself be that physically vulnerable again. Since starting Hannibal's Adaptive Boxing, he has regained his confidence and rediscovered his strength and mental fortitude. Now, he seeks to teach others how to learn self-confidence, by teaching them self-defense.