Gordon Wayne is a young man who is currently attending Boston College, but just a year ago it was a very different story. He was homeless, living in his car, and applying to colleges while working 10 hour shifts at an amusement park.
Then over the summer his situation changed, he was accepted to his dream school and even offered a full scholarship!
Obviously not every homeless person is going to find themselves offered a full ride at a college to get themselves off the streets, and Gordon has not forgotten his experience either. He wanted to help people recognize that across the United States there are a half a million people affected by homelessness.
He decided to walk from his hometown in Caroline County, Virginia, to his new college in Massachusetts, it’s a 500 mile journey. He began his walk in August, hitting close to 30 or 40 miles a day. Along the way he started a GoFundMe page to raise funds for The National Alliance To End Homelessness, which is just as it sounds, a nonpartisan organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States.
It took Wayne 16 days to complete his journey, and there were plenty of times he was hurting and he didn’t want to continue, but he felt he had to continue.
He also got plenty of support along the way, good Samaritans bringing him supplies on his walk. “Today, Ashley and her mom brought me some supplies,” Wayne said in a recording online.
And his fundraising worked, his GoFundMe is still active and has raised over $140,000 as of this morning.
Now on Campus, and entering his college years, Gordon says that he is home, and that he hopes others will have the same chance, to find their home. “I hope that I can inspire people to keep walking. You know, keep taking that extra step,” he said. You can find out more about Gordon in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Take it from this young man, who went from working long days without even a home to go back to, to attending his dream school and raising funds to help others who were like him, “Even when it hurts. Even when it’s hard and you don’t want to. There’s no other choice. You have to keep going if you want to achieve what you want in life.”
Story and Image from ABC News.