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    Sep 24, 2015

    A High School Football Star Was Paralyzed After A Person Texted While Driving

    It can really wait.

    Fletcher Cleaves was once destined for football greatness until a life-changing car crash. His story is insanely powerful, courageous, and will make you never want to use your phone and drive again.

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    After years of hard work and training, Cleaves was given a football scholarship to Lambuth University in May of 2009.

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    However, only a few months later, Cleaves was involved in a head-on accident. He wrote on his You Caring page, "While trying to avoid them I swerved off the road and flipped into an embankment.

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    He was left paralyzed from the neck down, and his parents became his full-time caregivers. He wrote, "Unfortunately, during this time they both lost their jobs."

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    Day by day, and year by year, Cleaves slowly learned how to perform simple tasks and live a normal life.

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    He recently graduated from the University at Memphis with a degree in Computer Science. He wrote, "Although my dreams of playing sports were shattered, I am fortunate to have new ones."

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    Soon after an emotional video of his father crying and himself dancing appears, the video reveals that the oncoming driver was texting and driving, causing the accident.

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    Cleaves wrote, "I am one year away from college graduation and want what any educated, ambitious young man desires – to be a productive and independent citizen of this society."

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