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Local man doesn't let cerebral palsy hinder dreams, goals

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Adam Finke demonstrates how he uses his nose and mouth on his phone to create designs. Adam Finke demonstrates how he uses his nose and mouth on his phone to create designs.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Oftentimes, people go into depression or shut-down-mode when dealing with hardships. However, one local man with cerebral palsy is taking his diagnosis with stride and won't stop doing what he loves to do: graphic design.

Adam Finke was diagnosed with cerebral palsy from birth. Now at 38-years-old and bound to a wheelchair, he doesn't let his disability hinder his dreams, goals, and passion for graphic design.

"Ever since I was a little kid, I've really been into artwork," said Finke.

However, cerebral palsy limits his hand usage, so Finke uses other body parts to create his work. "I use my mouth. I do most of my work at home at my computer because it's set up for me, but PossAbilities does have a laptop. So, I will sometimes take my mouse and go back and forth between home and here. If I have to get something desperately done, say next week, I will use a file and bring it to both home and here," said Finke.

Despite his obstacle, Finke is skilled at what he does. His designs have been displayed for Mayo Clinic, the public library, and his place of employment, PossAbilities in Rochester.

“Lately, I've been hooked on a program called Blender. It's a free program. You can make whatever you want into a 3D object. And what I do is, I take a picture of whatever I want to design, and use that as an outline of it. Then, I form it into a 3D object,” explained Finke.

"I take a little bit longer, but I can be just as good as a certified graphic artist. It's just something I take pride in," said Finke.

And Finke's favorite part of creating artwork is the reaction he gets from onlookers.

"Just making people smile, making people say, 'Wow, you can do this?!'" said Finke.

One thing's for certain, Finke is a true example that anything can be accomplished, no matter what kind of hand you are dealt. "Don't limit yourself. You can just set the bar high, if you want, and just put your name out there," said Finke.

Finke told us he has decided to open himself up to the public on Facebook, just search his name "Adam Finke".

If anyone needs any artwork completed, he said to give him a shout and he will talk business.

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