Francisco Oller ’16, a management major at Providence College, is a long way from his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, being far from home is not the only challenge he faces. Oller was born with a rare genetic disease called Pelizaeus-Merzbacher. This disease involves the brain and spinal cord, which affects Oller’s coordination and motor abilities. As a result, Oller has been subjected to rejection and bullying. However, he has learned valuable life lessons in how to live a life filled with optimism, self-acceptance, and vulnerability.
Oller was originally scheduled to tell his story on Jan. 28. Because of a snow day, he will now give his presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Slavin ’64 Hall. This event is open to Providence College students, faculty, and staff.
Read more from a blog post about overcoming obstacles that Oller wrote in October 2014 here.