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My salutes and respects goes out to all people who are reading my words.

My name is Michael Ortiz, 난 25 years young. I was born in the Bronx, NY and raised between Puerto Rico and NYC.

I’ve been incarcerated for 6 years of a 12 year 8 month conviction for drugs/guns trafficking.

I ran around the streets since I was 12 years young, seeking the love and guidance I couldn’t get from my parent’s. My moms was a drug addict who died of H.I.V. 나는 때 14 years young. Although my moms was addicted to drugs, she was still a queen to me. Because at the younger age of 14 I understood what she was going through. She didn’t contract H.I.V. cause of a boyfriend or drugs, she got the virus through somebody who raped her. That person then ended up being killed by my older brother whose still incarcerated right now. Me losing my moms to H.I.V. and my brother to the penal system, I felt lost and without guidance. Life didn’t have any meaning to me whatsoever back then. My pops was there and wasn’t there for me when I was a youngster, but I ain’t mad at him either cause he didn’t know any better. One thing I did get from my pops was boxing. I come from a family of warriors of the likes of Wilfredo Benitez, youngest champ of the world at the age of 17 years young. Ossie Ocasio and Carlos Deleon both former cruiserweight champs. I had a promising career in boxing but the streets got the best of me. I spent my whole 20’s in jail. Right before I got locked up I was blessed with a beautiful daughter who inspired me to better myself everyday. I said me coming to jail has been both a blessing and a curse. The first 3 years I did nothing but create more problems for myself. That’s until I got sent to a gang program for 2 ½ years.

There, I learned how to read and write. I started reading books like “As A Man Thinketh”, “How to Hustle and Win” and “The Alchemist”.

Now my whole perspective on life is a whole lot different. I’m working on a non-profit for kids. On establishing a couple businesses when I come home and also on taking the sport of boxing by storm.

To all you young people who are reading my story take this as a learning experience to better and educate yourself and always strive for greatness.

I hope and pray that my words could reach and help somebody out there.

  

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