Inspired Trinity photographer raises money for Woodville athlete's racing wheelchair

Inspired Trinity photographer raises money for Woodville athlete's racing wheelchair
Source: KTRE Staff
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WOODVILLE, TX (KTRE) - A Trinity photographer was snapping pictures at a track meet when he saw one athlete who inspired him. He said he was getting tired that night when he looked up to see Carrington Marendes racing down the track full force. He started a GoFundMe page for Carrington.

Gliding confidently down the court is Woodville athlete, Carrington Marendes.

"I participated in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 800 meter dash, 400 meter dash, and shot put, discus, and javelin," said Marendes.

"He's competitive. He has great great athleticism," said Lance Standley, Woodville Head Baseball Coach who was impressed at Marendes' talent.

There's something different about Carrington. Born without a femur bone, he competes in a racing chair. His stamina, dominance, and determination were the qualities that stood out to Trinity Photographer, Paul Scheible, as he snapped portraits from the sidelines.

Scheible said he was taking pictures and had grown tired. "I grew a bit more wary, and my legs were tired. I look up, and there goes Carrington racing down the track. Needless to say, my pity party ended quickly."

"I try to inspire others to bring joy to them, so they won't feel sad. I love what I do, and they should love what they do," Marendes said.

"You don't open a door for Carrington. He holds it for you and still beats you down for athletics," Standley said.

On the way to compete in late March, the Woodville school bus carrying athletes crashed destroying the loaner chair that Carrington uses for sports.

"If I had one of my own, I wouldn't have to borrow theirs and could let someone else use it. I would be thankful for that," Marendes said.

Inspired, the then stranger, Scheible, set up a GoFundMe account with hopes to one day purchase Carrington a racing chair of his own. Carrington said while blazing down those tracks, he aims to encourage others every day.

"I saw what he wanted to be and have fallen in love with the kid. You can't do an interview and understand what he's really about," Standley said.

"I'm just like anybody else. I just try to do whatever they're doing and try to show people that you can do anything you put your mind to," Marendes said.

Marendes thanks Scheible for setting up the GoFundMe page which has raised almost $500 thus far. If you'd like to donate towards Marendes' racing chair, click here.

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