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About Ray

Facing Adversity and Winning

In a true story of overcoming tragedy, The Life I Didn't Expect chronicles Ray's grueling journey from boyhood to manhood with the challenges of quadriplegia. From being confined to a bed for months at a time to adjusting to his new reality and pursuing the ultimate success, Ray explains what it means to be "disabled" and offers a memoir of hope, determination, and perseverance.


Whether you know someone facing disability or are sizing up your own obstacles, Ray Cerda, Jr. will take you on an incredible journey you won't soon forget. Because with a little determination, guidance, and prayer, you too can move you own mountains.

Since the events in this book occurred, Ray has retired after a successful thirty-year career for Irving Parks and Recreation. He now spends his time consulting and speaking to groups on the topics of:

  • His life experiences as a handicapped person;

  • How he finds motivation in the toughest situations;

  • How his spiritual beliefs got him through his challenges; and

  • This book, The Life I Didn't Expect 


"Your faith in God, strong family support, and friends who care about you will help you recover when disaster strikes."


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