Val Chmerkovskiy feels extremely grateful for his Dancing with the Stars partner, Victoria Arlen. The Paralympian was paralyzed from the waist down and unable to walk for a decade. A year and a half ago, she retrained herself to walk. Working with Arlen has given Val a newfound “purpose.”
Vote For Arlen
Chmerkovskiy posted a video from Project Walk Boston; the city Artlen was born. The video begins with a young boy holding a sign that reads, “Vote for our very own, Victoria Arlen.” The rest of the video shows patients suffering from paralysis recovery center which #TeamviVa luck in the DWTS competition.
“Like many people out there, I have my moments of severe doubt. Insecurity,” Chmerkovskiy stated. “I constantly [am] finding myself questioning not just my own worth, but also my impact on the world. How am I contributing? What will I leave behind? Am I really going to be simply remembered as ‘that guy from that dance show’? With endless gratitude and the utmost respect, the answer is…absolutely not.”
Arlen Gave Him A New Perspective
Val revealed that Victoria had given him a new lease on life. He isn’t sure what the future holds for him, but he is grateful for the “now” moment, instead, of constantly thinking about what he needs to do in the future.
“Today I’m showing up to work, as a man with a higher purpose and a drive beyond just doing another turn or dip, even though I think we can all agree that there are very few things more fun than a good ‘ol dip,” Chmerkovskiy wrote. “I’m going to work knowing that with this great opportunity comes a massive responsibility. I’m going to seize the blessings that are right there in front of me, not a single breath for granted, not a moment left empty of joy and gratitude, and who knows maybe through the laughter, the struggle, the ultimate joy we show on Monday, we can inspire the next Victoria Arlen.”
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