Motivational: Paralyzed Former Football Player Walks Across Graduation Stage
Corey Borner has been wheelchair-bound since 2009 after tackling another player and never got up.
At his college graduation, the former high school football player who was paralysed while making a tackle 12 years ago went across the stage to collect his diploma.
"I WILL CONTINUE TO NEVER GIVE UP & INSPIRE THE WORLD WITH MY TESTIMONY. I WALKED AGAIN!" Borner posted on Twitter, accompanied with a video of his incredible achievement.
"TOUGH TIMES DON'T LAST LONG TOUGH PEOPLE DO!" he added.
Borner teased a "huge surprise" during his graduation from the University of North Texas at Dallas earlier this week. "START MAKING ROOM FOR WHAT YOU PRAYED FOR BECAUSE IT'S ON ITS WAY!" he tweeted.
Paralysed as a result of a C5-C6 accident, he never gave up hope and later went on to becoming a motivational speaker.
"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,” Borner told NBC DFW.
Two months before graduation, Borner took his first steps at the Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation. He was able to get his graduation while standing up thanks to the institute's exoskeleton suit.
"It's just a dream come true. I haven't seen him take a step in 12 years,” his mother Charlotte Borner said.
"Whether he was able to even do this or not, you know, 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,” Borner's Mother continued.
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