NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas college student with cerebral palsy was told he would never walk again. But, Saturday, Gordon Reynolds surprised many of his fellow students and teachers by walking across the stage to receive his bachelors diploma.
"Every story has a purpose," Reynolds said. "Mine, I got hit with a wall, and I decided to go through it."
Gordon was only 18 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cerebral palsy.
"Most people with my disease don't walk or talk," Reynolds said. "Probably about 95 percent don't walk or talk."
But, Gordon said he refused to accept his diagnosis. He spent a majority of his time at SFA working on relearning mental and physical skills.
And, it paid off.
"I can drive my truck," Reynolds said. "I can everything people can do. It's not better, but in a different."
But, he said his display during the commencement ceremony was more for other people than for him.
"Me walking across the stage, if I impact one person with disability or not, saying that they can do this, that's worth it," Reynolds said.
Gordon received his bachelor's degree in accounting, but that's not all.
"I try to make a difference in people's lives," Reynolds said. "And, you can tell here today that's the case."
Gordon's classmate and close friend, Hunter Boyd, was there to cheer him on. Just as he did when Gordon was training.
"Every day he goes and tries to inspire people and motivate them," Boyd said. "It's another day in paradise with Gordon."
Gordon said he plans to keep pushing himself and open a non-profit that helps low income individuals with financial advice and job searching skills.