RJ Mitte Doesn’t Consider CP A Disability
On Wednesday, September 28th, Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte will be in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Alumni Hall at 8pm to talk about his lifelong fight with cerebral palsy. The hyper motivated Mitte is famous for his role as Walter White, Jr. in the hit AMC drama Breaking Bad, but his journey to stardom has not been smooth sailing.
Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder that affects movement, muscle tone, and posture. It is caused by abnormal brain development at an early age. The disorder affects 1 in 323 children in the United States, and there is no cure, just treatment. When diagnosed at the age of 3, Mitte’s doctors had him wear leg and body casts and night braces to straighten out his limbs.
While growing up, bullies picked on Mitte because he was an easy target. They often verbally harassed him and pushed him to the ground, causing his hand to break in one instance. Even with such negativity affecting his life, Mitte stayed strong and happy. He knew who his real friends were and persevered.
To loosen his muscles and improve his physical coordination and strength, Mitte stayed active. He played many sports, from karate and martial arts, improving his muscular discipline and confidence, to six seasons of soccer, helping him get rid of his leg braces. He even played video games to improve his hand-eye coordination.
Mitte’s cerebral palsy wasn’t the only obstacle in his life. At the age of 13, he became financially responsible for his mother and baby sister after his mother was paralyzed for six years from a terrible accident two years prior. He would work four or five jobs a month whenever possible. When Mitte was 14, he caught his big break with Breaking Bad.
Now, post-Breaking Bad RJ Mitte still keeps himself plentifully occupied aside from his speaking tour with Universities and high schools. He does tons of charity work for people with disabilities, advocating for Scope, which campaigns to give equal opportunity to people with disabilities. Mitte also stays active throughout his days, playing sports and lifting weights. He has even gotten involved with fashion (a lifelong love of his), modeling for GAP. He’s a true stereotype breaker.
If he can regulate his financial spending well enough, Mitte plans on retiring at the ripe age of 25. RJ Mitte is a true inspiration and role model. Check him out at 8pm this Wednesday at Alumni Hall.
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