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General Information

Name:  Richard R. Guerra  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1956 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Mr. Guerra was born in Chicago, Illinois and resided in Springfield, Illinois, until his death in 2009.

Biographical and Professional Information

At the age of nineteen he had a diving accident, which left him paralyzed and quadriplegic. Although disabled, Richard overcame obstacles and challenges to become recognized as a leading advocate in fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities in the State of Illinois. Guerra was a silver medal winner in the national wheelchair games. Richard was also one of the only persons with a disability to freefall skydive. He now resides in Springfield, IL, along with his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Aria.

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