Meet Alec Cabacungan, the spokesperson for Shriners Childrens Hospital for the last 6 years, has Brittle Bone Disease. He has broken over 60 bones in his lifetime. He is an 18yo college freshmen, plays wheelchair basketball, interviews athletes and has appeared on sports shows such as NBA on TNT.

Alec’s mission

There are few places both as hopeful and as heartbreaking as a children’s hospital, especially around the holidays. While there are many, chances are you may know Shriners Hospitals for Children because of one very special patient.

“I used to be known as just that kid in the wheelchair, and now I’m Alec on the commercials, and that’s special to me,” said 17-year-old Alec Cabacungan of Chicago.

If you’ve seen him, he’s pretty hard to forget; Cabacungan is one of the spokes-kids for Shriners:

“Imagine a kid who was told his disability would be a lifelong struggle; now imagine a place where that same kid is told he can do anything. I don’t have to imagine, because that kid is me.”

Since he started doing these ads five years ago… Continue Reading (4 minute read)

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  1. Interesting-Dig-2335

    My daughter has the same condition. Sixty fractures isn’t uncommon and many of them are absolutely horrifying. I’ve seen 45 degree displacement mid femur a few times. The term Brittle Bone Disease is misleading. It’s a disease of the connective tissue collagen so bones, muscle, tendons, ligaments, skin, organs, are are structurally and functionally weaker. Most deaths related to Osteogenesis Imperfecta aren’t due to fractures. It’s usually a respiratory issue which has made the COVID pandemic a terrifying ordeal.

  2. Sector__JS4

    “I was born with glass bones and paper skin”

  3. office_ghost

    This is all very well and good until he starts causing disasters to find Bruce Willis.

  4. whirledpeaz67

    He just seems to radiate joy!
    Majorly cool dude.

  5. Cataloniandevil

    “It was because of the kids… They called me ‘Mr. Glass…’”

  6. clo3o5

    It’s been crazy to see him grow up through those commercials. I don’t see many ads nowadays and saw one the other day with him and did a double take with how old he looks.

  7. LoverlyRails

    There is a Shriners children’s hospital in my city. They take insurance, but also host clinics to treat kids that can’t pay. My son went for a spine issue that turned out to be nothing. It was easy because we were local but many families traveled far just for a once a month clinic (having to book hotels for a 7am clinic visit).

    It’s a really good cause if you are ever looking for something to support.

  8. HarlanCulpepper

    I just want my adowable blanket.

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