Pasqual “Paco” Torres was born over thirty years ago in the town of Jacksonville, NC. His father was a career Marine, his mother a housewife. Possibly due to complications during pregnancy, their second child, Pasqual, was born without legs.
Following his parents’ divorce at age 6, Paco was raised primarily by his father, who instilled in him self-confidence and taught him how to be an effective communicator. As Paco says, “Whenever I made a mistake, my father would sit me down and ask me what I learned. Sometimes he would have me write a letter of apology to the person I harmed. I’m thankful he had the wisdom to not just punish me but actually discuss the issue.”
Beginning at the age of 2, Paco was a regular patient at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children who generously provided him with prosthetic legs free-of-charge until the age of 21. (Currently, Paco wears C-legs by Otto Bock.) Other than legs, he also uses a skateboard and wheelchair to get around.
Paco started wrestling in high school at the encouragement of his brother and the wrestling coach. By his senior year, he had 60 wins/33 losses, won 4 medals, and was awarded “Most Inspirational Wrestler” in Tucson – as well as received some attention from the local media.
After graduating from Arizona State University, he later went on to receive his Masters in Business Management at University of Phoenix.
Paco has lived in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, California, Arizona, and Japan. He currently works for the Department of Justice and lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife Emily and his 2 little girls.
Paco Pasqual the Poet
Paco has written poetry since the second grade. After years of writing in response to emotional events in his life, a friend suggested he try his hand at children’s poetry. Many of his children’s poems are inspired by his two beautiful daughters, who provide him with plenty of material!
Living without legs has provided Paco with a variety of experiences, as well as some challenges along the way. The Boy Without Legs poetry series is meant to give readers a window into what it’s like to grow up different and to show all children that handicapped kids can have just as much fun as other kids, despite physical limitations.
Even though he was born without legs, Paco hopes to inspire those who have legs, as well as those who have recently lost their legs, an enlightening perspective that anyone can live a joyful, exceptional life.