Zuleika Cruz Pereira Hero

Zuleika Cruz Pereira was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, where she was motivated to enlist at the age of 18 as a result of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Cruz served four years in the U.S. and then decided to continue her service in the U.S. Navy where she was deployed to Iraq for a third time. While working in an on-base warehouse, Zuleika accidentally was crushed by a 75 pound box and fell on the ground hitting her head on impact causing a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Cruz was medivac from Iraq and sent to the states where she was diagnosed with a cervical, back, sciatica nerve injury. Also, she was diagnosed with chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from previous deployments with the U.S. Army. In 2010, Zuleika was medically retired from the U.S. Air Force and later that year successfully completed an Associates Degree in Sciences. Today, Zuleika is married to a soldier stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas, where she copes with the symptoms of PTSD by training for the Warrior Games where she will be competing this year for the first time in cycling and track and field.

Rebecca Ojeda & Sean Gardner Artist

Sean Gardner is a graphic design entrepreneur based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His work includes logo design, prints, websites and ad campaigns for businesses in many diverse industries. Rebecca is currently a Illustration major at Kendall College of Art and Design, also based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.