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Paralyzed man walks at college graduation after 12 years in a wheelchair

Paralyzed man walks at college graduation after 12 years in a wheelchair.
Paralyzed man walks at college graduation after 12 years in a wheelchair. Courtesy of Corey Borner.

28-year-old, Corey Borner, suffered a spinal cord injury during a high school football game in 2009 that left him paralyzed. At that moment, Corey made a promise to himself – “I’m going to walk again” he said.

12 years later, Corey lived up to that promise. Not only did he walk again, but he shocked his friends and family when he stood up from his wheelchair at his college graduation ceremony and walked across the stage to receive his diploma. There wasn’t a dry eye in the building.

Friends, family, and other inspired audience members cheered as Corey made his motivational walk to receive his hard-earned degree.

“We all go through something. That’s one thing about life. But as long as you continue to stay focused and stay positive, anything is possible,” he explained.

The Big Surprise

To help him accomplish his goal, Corey used an exoskeleton made by the Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas.
Corey posted the powerful moment to Twitter writing:

“When you surprise the world walking across to receive your communication degree!” he wrote.

“This is the biggest moment in my life! I will continue to never give up and inspire the world with my testimony. I walked again! #Findaway”

Paralyzed man walks at college graduation after 12 years in a wheelchair.
Corey Borner accepting his diploma after walking for the first time in 12 years. Courtesy of Corey Borner.

Corey also wanted to publicly thank his mother for all the support and love she inspired him with over the years.

“You are the greatest mother ever! I give you lots of hugs sitting,” he wrote beside a picture of the two of them on Instagram. “But today I had to kiss you!”

Corey plans to continue his journey of inspiring others and helping them accomplish their dreams by never giving up.

“I plan on continuing to be a motivational speaker and share my testimony to others,” he said. “I made a promise to myself in 2009 that I will always keep my story alive.”


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