12 years ago, Corey Borner, a former high school football player was left paralyzed after a game. He has been in a wheelchair since 2009 when he suffered a tackle and never got up. He was told he might never be able to walk again.
But his paralysis never discouraged his mind. This summer, thanks to an exoskeleton suit, he defied all odds as he crossed the stage to receive his communications and technology degree from the University of North Texas in Dallas.
“We all go through something. It’s one thing in life. But as long as you stay focused and positive, anything is possible,” the recent graduate told NBC DFW.
Corey took his first steps in 12 years at the Baylor Scott & White Rehabilitation Institute just months before he graduated. With the help of an exoskeleton suit, he was able to cross the graduation stage.
“It’s a dream come true. I haven’t seen him take a step in 12 years,” his mother Charlotte Borner told NBC News. “Whether he’s been able to do it or not, I know he’s going to do something positive. He’s going to motivate people. He’s here for a reason. God kept him here for a reason.”
RETWEET THIS FOREVER! SO I SHOCKED THE WHOLE WORLD! WHEN YOU SURPRISE THE WORLD WALKING ACROSS TO RECEIVE YOUR COMMUNICATION DEGREE! THIS IS THE BIGGEST MOMENT IN MY LIFE !!!! ! I WILL CONTINUE TO NEVER GIVE UP & INSPIRE THE WORLD WITH MY TESTIMONY. I WALKED AGAIN! #FINDAWAY! pic.twitter.com/Puw9B09xcL