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May 21
Meet Ileana, a champion who doesn't give up


Meet Ileana Rodriguez.

She's an architectural designer and an accessibility specialist. Ileana rides METRO to the office, restaurants and wherever she needs to go.

This former swimmer with Team USA Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, rides the 82 Westheimer regularly. All of our buses are 100 percent accessible. These "kneeling" buses can be lowered close to the street, and they offer ramps. Our trains are also 100 percent accessible.

Ileana grew up in Cuba in the seaside city of Matanzas, known for its beautiful beaches. She swam in the bay and joined the city's swim team. She left swimming to study ballet but at age 13, developed a rare spinal condition that forced her to use a wheelchair.

After her family moved to the United States, a high school coach encouraged her to swim again. She went on to set a U.S. record in the 200-meter breast stroke in 2008. She also earned a BA and MA in architecture at Florida International University.

Watch this short clip on how Ileana gets around town riding METRO. You, too, can discover what's next by riding METRO.




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