Survival mentality is Ponce De Leon's essence

Originally Published: July 26, 2006
By Joseph Santoliquito | Special to ESPN.com

She would curl his little hand inside of hers and make sure her son was breathing. Every time Daniel Ponce De Leon got sick or looked fatigued, his mother Celia was right there next to him, swaying back and forth with her eyes shut, mumbling prayers, hoping the ailment that afflicted all of her other children would skip over him.

Ponce De Leon

He was too young to realize what had happened, why his mother clung to him so tightly. He was too young to know what those five names ...

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