P.J. Crouch - Inspiring Countless Others with his Can Do Attitude
This week's 'Pay it Forward' takes us to East Ridge where a 19-year-old is inspiring countless others with his love of sports and his can-do attitude!
Nominator Bobbi Cantamessa says P.J. Crouch was born with cerebral palsy.
"Most would consider him a handicapped child or a disabled child, but P.J., I've known probably 10 years and I have never heard him say I can't, I shouldn't, I wish I could."
Bobbi smiles and says, "He's lived through it all his life and, yet, the smile on his face and the warmth in his heart is unbelievable."
But, getting around has become even more difficult because P.J. has outgrown his wheelchair.
Today he's helping his mom in her church classroom, so we hurry to catch them before they head out the door.
Bobbi stops P.J. and says, "I would like to present to you, on behalf of McMahan Law Firm and NewsChannel 9, I would like to give you one, two, three, four, five one hundred dollar bills."
P.J. is absolutely surprised.
"Thank you," he says with a smile.
He tells Bobbi he wants to use the money to help buy a new wheelchair.
"I play wheelchair basketball and I've also played sled hockey, which is a paralympic sport. Even though I'm not playing right now, that's one of the things I want to get back into after college."
It's P.J.'s love of sports that's given him the confidence to encourage others to do more.
He says, "(I) look at is as, okay, I'm not the star on the football team, but what else can I do? What else can I do to help my community? What else can I do to help my family and how can I use the chair or the prosthetic legs that I have, or whatever, to my advantage?"
It's people like P.J., who prove to us all that with a positive attitude anything is possible.
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