Essay about Richie Parker

869 Words Aug 30th, 2013 4 Pages
“Nothing’s Impossible”

Most people, I’m sure unconsciously take for granted the simple day to day things in life. For instance; catching a baseball during a game of summer catch, twisting the top off of your favorite bottle of soda, popping a wheelie on your bicycle, or merely tying your shoe is a small list of things we all could do without thinking. However someone like Richie Parker has devoted his life to overcoming these simple no brain obstacles among others in order to live a normal successful life. Richie Parker is an engineer for Hendrick Motorsports which is one of NASCAR’s leading organizations. Richie is a well-respected and talented engineer of the object he loves the most, automobiles, fast ones. Richie, I can imagine
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Richie has always been a fan of cars, and he spends his free time refurbishing old cars and adapting the ones he favors the most with foot steering systems. Richie graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina with a degree in engineering in 2009, and he first made contact with Hendrick Motorsports through an internship in 2005. He applied for the position through NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program, and during his 10-week internship his skills shined and Richie built a relationship that landed him a full-time job with Hendrick Motorsports. Eight years later he is still hurdling over everyday obstacles but has worked his way up the chain at Hendrick and is now also serving as a chassis and body component designer. Hendrick Motorsports gave Richie Parker a chance, and it's turned out to be a win-win for the NASCAR team and for an engineer who was born without arms. Bilateral Amelia is an extremely rare birth defect. There are numerous speculations as to why this defect can occur such as alcohol consumption especially during the first trimester of pregnancy, or due to recessive or dominant mutations, or involve chromosomal aberrations where entire sections of chromosomes are deleted, duplicated or exchanged. Affected infants of Bilateral Amelia are often stillborn or die shortly after birth. However Richard Parker is a shining star and an inspiration to us all. I chose Richie Parker’s story as my topic not only for his amazing

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