"On October 2012, I was abruptly hospitalized with kidney failure and a diagnosed with Lupus. Since then I have undergone a miraculous recovery but having that experience seeded in me a deep conviction to be a meaningful contribution to life. Investing into Challenge Day is one of the best ways I contribute.”
Gabriel Ramos was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and migrated to the United States when he was 5. He has been blessed with a life rich in transformative experiences. One cornerstone experience was becoming a part of Challenge Day, its community, and their work. He was one of the teen participants in the Emmy-award winning documentary, Teen Files: Surviving High School and his openness and courage in the film has been an inspiration to many people. After graduating high school, he joined the Board of Directors, where he served for several years. He eventually stepped out of this role to focus on other work.
Initially inspired by his involvement in the Challenge Day community, Gabriel embarked on a project to run from New York to California. It was an experienced that birthed a new man. He sums the six month journey up in one word: humbled. Humbled by the beauty of this country, humbled by the opportunity to have done such a thing, and most of all, humbled by the overflowing generosity and kindness of others.
Almost five years to the day of completing the run, Gabriel's kidneys failed unexpectedly. This very difficult experience has since become recognized by him as the greatest blessing of his life. Not only did he have a miraculous recovery, he also gained a profound insight into just how precious life is and a deeper sense of responsibility to be of service in the world.
He now lives a very full life as an owner of a small construction company, is the director of the Latino ministry and board member at his church. He is also married to the love of his life that, as fate would have it, is named Gabriella.