Micky Sarto was a 24-year-old with a history of injuries.
He had just graduated from high school when he suffered a knee injury that kept him out of football and other activities.
Then he was hit by a truck.
It took a year to get the knee replaced, but it made the pain worse.
Sartos mother didn’t want to let him go.
SARTOS mom, who was paralyzed, wanted to keep her son with her.
But she couldn’t because of a $6,000 deductible.
She wanted to take him home to be cared for.
That’s when Micky came into her life.
Micky is now a certified social worker and a volunteer at the Wheelchair Community Services of Chicago.
He works at a wheelchair facility in the South Loop, where he meets with patients who need help with daily life.
He was able to use his wheelchair and walk home after spending five months in the hospital, but he still had to wear a harness for a few weeks to prevent him from getting hurt.
SANDERS: Well, there’s a couple things.
First of all, there are people who can walk.
They’re not wheelchair users.
I mean, you can’t walk and be able to go around and run around.
And secondly, you know, what I said, I’ve been doing this for a long time.
But, you have to do what you can to help these people.
We’re not going to be able, you and I, to change their lives overnight, but we can change their community.
And that’s what I’m trying to do.
We have a lot of work to do here.
But the people of this country have got to be willing to help out in some way, because they can’t do it alone.
MICHELLE SARTO: I was able, I mean I just needed the money.
And then I got the support of the community, of the Chicago community, and that helped me.
It really helped me, and it gave me the strength to go forward.
And the people who I met in the community who have been through this have been very helpful, and I hope to see that with other people who need this help.
I know this is an emotional roller coaster.
But I think the more people who see what I’ve gone through, and the more they’re able to see how difficult it is, the better.
I’m hopeful that the people will be willing and able to do it.
And I think we’re going to make some real progress.
And, you’ll see, this is a very difficult problem.
So, we’re just going to keep going.
I think people are going to see through this and go, OK, I can do this.
But if we don’t have this money, it’s going to take time.
And if we do not have this, then I think it’s just going in the wrong direction.
But at the same time, I hope that when I look back on my life, I will have the strength, and hopefully I can have the confidence to go on and do what I have to.
Thank you, Senator Sanders.
SESSIONS: Thank you.
Thank him very much.
(APPLAUSE) Senator Warren, you’ve got a question for Secretary Clinton, and she answered it.
OPENING STATEMENT FROM BERNIE SANDUSHECKI, NEW YORK DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thank the president, Senator.
The Democratic Party is stronger when every American has the opportunity to rise up and take back their country.
This country has lost more than a million soldiers, and our military has suffered a trillion dollars in costs.
The American people have suffered a record economic crisis, and we’ve lost more jobs and incomes than at any time in our history.
Our military has been stretched thin and is being forced to fight in new wars.
And as a consequence, our veterans are living longer and more deeply in poverty than they ever have before.
And all of this has contributed to the rise of xenophobia and fear, and an increase in gun violence.
We need a president who is not afraid to stand up to these attacks, who is committed to a government that works for all Americans, and who is willing to fight for the rights of every American.
The next president of the United States has to make that promise.
I have a question that the president is going to answer.
First, as president, we need to have the courage to protect all Americans.
That means not just protecting people from those who are violent and dangerous.
It means protecting all Americans from those in power who have tried to take away our rights.
We’ve got to protect our civil rights, too.
We can’t let them destroy us.
The second thing that we have to take on is the gun lobby.
We know that the NRA has spent a lot more money on ads attacking the Second Amendment than they have attacking