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SFA student battling Cerebral Palsy inspires others with journey to walk again

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It's often said that the journey to a thousand miles begins with one step.  For Gordon Reynolds, that first step happened today when he walked half a mile for the first time in two years.

"I was born with Cerebral Palsy," said SFA student Gordon Reynolds.  "It didn't bother until about two years ago, woke up and couldn't move anymore."

Doctors told him he'd never walk again,but instead of just accepting that, Gordon took as a challenge to inspire others.

"I think it was God's time to let me live through Him and motivate people through the wheelchair and just show people that if I can do this, anybody can do anything,"Reynolds said.

Through his journey, Gordon has made an impact on many of his peers.

 "I'll be having a bad day and then I run into Gordon on campus and I'll ask him how his day is going and he'll say something clever," said Connor Neagli, Reynolds' friend. "He always helps me put life in perspective and realize things aren't as bad as they really are."

"I feel like Gordon inspires a lot of people on campus, they'll see him riding around in a wheelchair and everybody knows who he is," said. Reynolds' trainer Hunter Boyd. "Gordon is inspiring me. I'll go back home and people will be like who's that kid in the wheelchair you hang out with all the time and train with? So Gordon inspires people he doesn't even know."

When word got out that Gordon was walking half a mile today at SFA's Homer Bryce stadium, around a hundred people came out to support the guy who has touched their lives in one way or another.

"Gordon's the type of guy that he'll be there for you at anytime, so to have some people return the favor and be there for him and lift him up and be his backbone while he conquered this was extremely awesome," Neagli said.

Reynolds is certainly defying the odds of his condition.

"The doctor's said he'd never walk again, I've seen him run," Boyd said.

For Reynolds, it isn't about him, it's about showing others that there's no such thing as impossible.

His next goal is to walk an entire mile, which he plans on accomplishing this November.

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