TUCSON – Santiago Murillo, an unconditional fan of the University of Alberta affectionately called "Tomahawk" on campus, talks about his trip to Antarctica, where he compared hitting a golf ball at the pole South to an astronaut beating a golf club on the moon in 1971.
Here's what we'll see earlier in Monday night's Sports 4 Tucson TV broadcast:
Santiago "Tomahawk" Murillo is a popular super fan and is known from the sports circles of the UA, especially when he disguises himself as "John Button", Arizona's historic player, in clothing from football and old school.
However, many do not know that Murillo overcame an imminent death accident before continuing his work with scientists from Antarctica in the hope of saving the world from the effects of climate change.
Here is the special report seen on News 4 Tucson:
The John Buttons buff, the Pueblo High Warrior alum and one of his devotees, John Murton, Santiago Murillo, is a passionate cyclist who suffered a serious accident near the city center and I-10. .
It has now taken more than four years of intensive and intensive surgeries and physical therapies to allow her to walk again and stop using a wheelchair, crutches or cane.
Murillo's return included intensive training in boxing, underwater physical therapy and cycling.
Santiago Murillo, whom his friends affectionately call "Tomahawk", has an unlikely return that goes beyond his incredible survival story.
Santiago Murillo (aka Tomahawk). The popular alum alum stops to take a picture with fans and the media at many Wildcat football matches.
As a member of the National Geographic Society, Murillo returns to his first love, science.
In late October and November of last year, Murillo volunteered to participate in a scientific expedition and replenishment mission to the inhospitable continent of Antarctica.
"Humanity totally denies the damage we do to our environment," Murillo said. "Unfortunately, we do not live long enough to notice the irreversible changes and damage we are causing to our own planet. "
Murillo was part of a group of scientists from 32 countries who traveled to Antarctica to conduct scientific studies and ongoing surveys on the effects of global climate change.
"It happened last week: the effects of climate change. Look at the polar vortex that has affected the United States, "said Murillo.
As Murillo says, "(There is) the very possible effects of an impending global viral / microbial pandemic disaster, as well as the displacement of the magnetic poles that are already occurring on our planet."
The story of the return of the story of Santiago Murillo and his mission to help raise awareness of global warming.
At the age of 16, Santiago Murillo, a Pueblo High School, Stanford, and Arizona high school, was part of a published scientific experiment that gave way to the use of liquid drugs that avoided many surgeries in patients with various diseases of the pancreas and gallbladder. mention of the Nobel Committee in Medicine and Science.
He was assistant to his mentor at the VA Hospital, Margarito Chavez. "I did everything necessary to advance science," Murillo said.
Santiago Murillo at a gathering of glitches from the University of Arizona.
Murillo has been recognized and highly respected in various academic circles, from science to law.
Of the roughly 7.5 billion people on our planet, Murillo said he was only one of the 11,032 living members of the National Geographic Society. He was inducted in 2006.
His generosity has also been recognized by US Olympic boxing teams in coaching techniques and defensive strategies. Murillo said: "There is no better training out there than a complete boxing training."
Santiago Murillo at a rally after a live shoot with Paul Cicala of News 4 Tucson.
News 4 Tucson's Paul Cicala reported for the first time to Santiago "TOMAHAWK" Murillo in June 2016, when he was involved in a horrible bike accident that paralyzed him at the base of his neck for 19 hours.
The accident occurred during a drive for the Tucson Tour. He went from a wheelchair to a walker, to crutches, then to a cane.
It's been four years since Santiago Murillo survived this horrible day.
"My God!," Murillo exclaimed reflecting on that day, "It was scary to be quite honest with you, but I survived."
Despite all that he had done, Murillo said his greatest accomplishment was: "Teached Mama-TOMAHAWK how to read and write in two languages, and get his 85" GED in two languages.
"My mother raised us on waitress boards," said Murillo, who grew up in projects just south of downtown Tucson, "She's taught me to never give up."
Santiago TOMAHAWK Murillo defines perseverance and tenacity. "You can not measure the heart of a volunteer," said Murillo.