THE SLACKTIVISM PODCAST: S1 E1 Ft. Gabe Ferron-Bouis, hosted by Owen and Gracie

By Rebecca Chambers

R.I.S.E. Academy is a Not for Private virtual high school that focuses on service learning, connecting youth to their community and finding ways to create solutions to problems related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. On this podcast the youth in the program interview amazing people who are doing things to create change.

In this first episode hosts Owen and Gracie interview one of Owen’s long time friends Gabe Ferron-Bouis. As a baby, Gabe was diagnosed with fibular hemimelia, the shortening or absence of a fibula at birth. It is a rare condition that didn’t allow his foot and ankle to form properly.
At nine months old, Gabe had his foot removed, his heel pad attached to his tibia and was fitted for a prosthetic leg. It didn’t slow him down. He was water skiing by the age of two.