Essay: Jerry McGill

As a 13-year-old boy, a single bullet in the back from an unsuspecting stranger left Jerry McGill a quadriplegic with no chance for recovery. This random act of violence may have dashed the 44-year-old’s childhood dreams of becoming an athlete or entertainer but it never stole his optimistic outlook on life.

McGill would go on to write a memoir called “Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me.” Through his writing, McGill aims to inspire people with disabilities to pursue their goals despite any physical limitations.

His message to people trying to move on from a tragic situation? “You can choose to have a positive attitude and still go on to do great things.”

 

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