Giving Life 100 Percent
SCI213_1Hints of Frida Kahlo exude from Reveca Torres, a fashion designer turned nonprofit founder. Torres, 31, is an artistic soul who thrives on experiencing new things, including traveling. It was while traveling — a car accident while on a family vacation to Mexico at age 13 — that she became a C5-7 quad.

Torres, who lives in Portland, Ore., says that although her family was vital to her after her injury, she made sure she was there for them, too. “Our whole family was affected by the car accident, and we all became united and much closer because of it. I feel like I was very positive, and tried to stay positive because I felt like if I didn’t, my parents and family might fall apart. We were all strong and took care of each other.”

And as an artist, Torres made sure to not let go of her dream. “In high school I was introduced to a sewing machine I could operate with my hands, not my feet. I knew then I would be able to sew and pursue what I was interested in — fashion design,” which Torres went on to study in Illinois.

While at a fashion show, Torres got the idea to found BACKBONES. “The show turned out to be a benefit that paired up cancer fighters and survivors. I immediately thought, “Wow! If I would have had someone at the age of 13, how great would that have been!” BACKBONES’ main goals are to connect, create events and spread awarene