Student Overcoming Major Injury Receives Special Honor
By EMILY LUXEN
MADISON, Tenn. - An Old Hickory student recovering from a serious spinal injury received a special honor at his school Friday night.
Goodpasture Christian School Senior, Caleb Wilson, was named "Coming Home King" during halftime of Friday night's varsity basketball game. It is an annual honor given out during basketball season to a senior leader. When Wilson was announced as the winner, he received a standing ovation.
"I'm surprised." said Wilson. "It's great. I know everyone has been supporting me. It's been a long process, but it's great to be home and back in the swing of things."
In July, Wilson was injured in a freak accident while fishing with friends. A car ran over him, and his spine was severely injured. He is now paralyzed from the chest down. Afterwards, he endured multiple surgeries, and months of physical therapy. He returned to school last week.
Wilson's classmates have supported him every step of the way.
"I know he's really appreciative," said Grayson Erwin, Wilson's friend and classmate. "The whole Goodpasture family has surrounded him with care."
"Caleb is inspirational," said Ricky Perry, President and CEO of Goodpasture Christian School. "He wants to be treated like any other student. He is so humble."
Wilson still has more physical therapy ahead of him. He will graduate with his class in May and plans to attend college, but hasn't decided where yet.