Garcia. Back in October
2002, Second Chance introduced to all
readers an inspiring young lady who had
been diagnosed in 1996 with the chronic
neurological disease, Multiple
Sclerosis. In October of 2002,
Rhett Garcia, then twenty eight years
old and wheelchair bound, was a vital
contributing member of society, teaching
fourth grade at a school she herself had
attended in Dumas, Texas. She was
inspiring her students with her strength
of character and traveling abroad once a
year, hosting foreign exchange students,
volunteering for the EF Foundation and
enjoying her canine friend, Tito.
In 2002 Rhett was the recipient of
Second Chance Foundation funds for the
installation of hand controls in her
vehicle allowing her to continue her
dream inspiring others by living an
Fast forward to November 2005.
Indeed, more radiant than ever is this
beautiful young lady. Now
thirty-two, Rhett is still with the
school system in Dumas, Texas.
However, she is no longer teaching just
fourth graders. The school board
of Dumas has developed a wonderful new
position for Rhett - one that allows her
to inspire children of all ages to reach
beyond their immediate environment,
social or financial position, and
appreciate themselves for what gifts and
talents they have been given.
Rhett now spends her days with children
of all grades. She develops their
self-esteem; she motivates them to
pursue every dream; she teaches them, by
example, the importance of respect for
one another in the multi-faceted society
in which we live.
Rhett is still in her beautiful home and
has built an amazing rock foundation in
the backyard. The backyard
playtime with Tito is now shared with a
Tito companion - a Jack Russell named
Chico. Tito and Chico are a true
delight, but as Rhett will tell you (and
this writer will attest to), Chico
considers the greatest playtime to be
slapping kisses all over human faces,
non-stop. Rhett is still traveling
every year and has been in both
In spring of 2005, Rhett, though
possessing muscles to be envied by all,
was finding it more and more difficult
to lift her wheelchair in and out of the
car by herself. Once again, Rhett
applied for a small sum of funds from
the giving foundation. - Second Chance.
Having applied for a small sum, Rhett
was in awe once again when Second Chance
agreed to have a topper for Rhett's
vehicle installed. Wow! Talk
about a fantastic mechanical device and
talk about a foundation that cares.
Rhett now pushes a button on a remote
control, the "loader" moves down, she
hooks the wheelchair intact. She
then gets into her vehicle, sets the
hand controls and away she goes!
Rhett, in her charming "Rhett manner,"
refers to her topper as the "black
mushroom" or "bubble." Her special
students have knowledge of Second Chance
through Rhett's display of this wonder.
More importantly, Rhett's students also
learn the lesson of how sharing and
caring are are what this life should
entail, and how, indeed, through Second
Chance what this life does entail.
"Radiant Rhett" does not consider
herself disabled. She considers
herself blessed. She has taken
what most mortals would consider an
unmanageable situation and turned it
into a life of inspiration. Second
Chance has openly and willingly give a
young lady who continually gives hope
and inspiration to all she meets.