“At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down,” Cawthorn recalled. “Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a one percent chance of surviving, but thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community, and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover.”
“My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game,” Cawthorn said. “Before my accident, I was 6′ 3″. I stood out in a crowd. But as I was wheeled through the stadium, I felt invisible. At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference.”
Cawthorn also discussed how the accident gave him hope.