Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Teen Track Star Paralyzed By Car Crash Walks Around Track!

Tre Lawson was a great athlete and very popular with his high school friends. He also had a dream he wanted to achieve — becoming a college track star. Tre was so driven that no one could have foreseen what happened to him in 2017. He was on his way home with some friends when the car he was in lost control and fell off a ravine. As the vehicle dropped so had Tre’s dreams, but he wasn’t out for the count.

Tre Lawson could run laps around a track with the speed and grace of an Olympic runner.

He was hoping to become a college track star someday, but then life threw him a curveball. It happened in 2017. The high school student from Macon, Georgia, was on his way home when his life was radically altered.

Tre Lawson could run laps around a track with the speed and grace of an Olympic runner.

Tre Lawson

Both Tre and his friends were in a car on their way home from a track meet when they lost control.

The car wound up falling down a 30-foot ravine, and it almost severed Tre’s spinal cord in the process. Fortunately, he had survived, but the accident had left him completely paralyzed from the waist down.

Both Tre and his friends were in a car on their way home from a track meet when they lost control.

Tre Lawson / Facebook

Tre was emotionally wrecked by his condition, which put an end to his dream of being a track runner.

His athletic career had been shot down before it even had a chance to start. Before the accident, top schools like Auburn and Clemson had reached out to recruit him and now all those opportunities were gone.

The teen wasn’t in a good place mentally and had considered ending it all while he was in the hospital.

Then, something changed. “On the third day I was there, I was going around and you see some people can’t move their arms,” Tre explained. “You just realized you are blessed with another chance.” So, he decided to work hard to regain what he had lost.

The teen wasn’t in a good place mentally and had considered ending it all while he was in the hospital.

Tre Lawson

Now that he had an epiphany, Tre was on the road, or in this instance, the track to recovery.

He set up Rolling Hope, a non-profit organization that raises money for the Shepherd Center and spinal cord injury research. After pushing himself month after month, Tre was finally able to stand and walk using a walker.

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