Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli has been a supporter of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s mission for several years. In 2008, he performed at Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s first Youth in Action Conference. He wowed the audience with his unique break-dance style and his story.
Luca was born with Arthrogryposis (multiplex congenital), a rare muscle disorder that limits motion in the joints. This rare disorder can affect any part of the body; in Luca’s case it affects his legs. Luca does not let his disability slow him down. In 1999 at the age of 15, a knee surgery left Luca unable to pursue his passion – a career as a professional skateboarder. Luca’s friends took him to his first break-dance show/competition and the rest is history.
Not being able to do a lot of the moves his friends could do, Luca gradually developed his own unique style.
Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli has become a household name in Canada. In 2010, he performed at the Paralympics opening ceremony in Vancouver, made it to the final stage of tryouts for So You Think You Can Dance Canada and started teaching dance at a school for children with disabilities. Luca was also instrumental in co-producing an adapted, integrated dance version of the Wizard of Oz at the MacKay Centre School in Montreal, QC.
Despite his busy schedule, Luca made time to attend Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s Fire Fighter/Chapter Conference in 2010 to deliver his inspirational message. At this conference Luca was officially announced as a Muscular Dystrophy Canada ambassador.
Like his fellow Ambassadors, Luca displays a desire to improve the lives of people affected by neuromuscular disorders.
“It’s about taking the bad and making it good.”
– Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli
For more information about Luca, visit his website.