“Imagine me walking back and forth across the stage,” Sean said through his computer.
And on this morning, he is sharing his story of choices and consequences with seniors at Tupelo High School.
In March of 2005, Sean and a group of guys were hitting the bars. Sean was a passenger in a truck, driven by a college friend who was drunk. As they were heading home, the truck ran off the road and crashed into a tree. Sean suffered multiple fractures and injuries, including traumatic brain injury, which left him unable to walk or talk.
He was 22 years old.
Now he gets around in a motorized chair and communicates with a custom computer.
“I am happy that I can tell my story to hopefully prevent young people from making the same mistakes,” he typed in his computer.
Sean’s mother Jenny shares the stage for part of the presentation, offering her words of wisdom.
“No matter how bad life is, if you keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep reaching for your goal, life gets better,” Jenny said.
Students were moved by his message and honesty.
“We all should think about Sean and take more care of our life,” said THS Senior Blake Greer.
Sean likes to encourage students to make the most of each day and he certainly does that. Think about this, in the past year he has been chosen as the face of a campaign to discourage drunk driving in Texas, he is part of a medical research program that has allowed him to walk with a cane and he also has a girlfriend he met on a Christian dating website.
The Carters say it’s proof positive you can have a productive life, against all odds.
For more information on Sean and how you can schedule him for a speaking session, go to www.whenseanspeaks.com