Chongqing Jian’ai Art is a paper-cutting company, supplemented by arts production and sales, and a new social enterprise that supports people with hemophilia.
My name is Ren Jiankang, and I was diagnosed with hemophilia when I was 6 years old. Taking medicines and injections became the norm. The family could not afford fruits or snacks in order to pay medical bills for me. I wore the clothes from my elder brother.
When I attended primary school, my father had to explain my illness to the teacher every year and asked for my absence from PE class. Nevertheless, I could not attend half of the classes in a semester.
I became disappointed for the recovery of the illness when I was in the secondary school, but I still had the dream when I saw my schoolmates chasing each other at the playground. I dreamt the same dream at night — I was running freely, too, and running faster than all of my schoolmates. Unfortunately, I have never run since I was a little child. The act “run” is so strange to me. Though I did outstanding at the study, I could not help feeling inferiority. I am the different one from other people, a fragile person, who was unable to work and had to rely on the meager income of my parents.
Later, I accidentally learned paper-cutting from Teacher Peng. During the process, my talent in drawing was found by Teacher Peng. In the learning and design, I started to found my value that is already in place.
Original article written by Jiankang Ren, translated by Maggie Li and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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