You might recognize Archer because he’s gotten quite a bit of attention in the past couple of years. In fact, he was on several Austin news stations. We are so excited to announce Archer as our new difference maker. He truly has left a legacy in Austin.
Archer is full of life! He graduated from Austin High School in 2015. If you didn’t know already, Archer has had cerebral palsy all of his life. Despite that, he doesn’t let anything steal his joy. The best part? Archer loves Jesus more than anything in this world. He strives everyday to be more like him.
In 2014, his senior year of highschool, Archer set sail on a mission. One that would spread all across Austin. He wanted to make our community more easily accessible to the handicap and severely disabled. He story began when one rainy day he got stuck outside our school and couldn’t quit open the door in a timely manner and no one was around to help. He thought it was incredibly unfair. So, he created the wheelchair challenge. He challenged the Austin High community to do life in a wheelchair for one day. It worked like this, they would buy a t-shirt and he would give them a wheel chair.
This fundraiser raised an incredible amount of money and awareness. Over the next school holiday, maintenance men came in and put in handicap accessible doors and a few more wheelchair ramps along with a new awning!
This first round of ‘the wheelchair challenge’ was such a success that he and his family have completely taken off with it! He now hosts the challenge at schools all over Austin and the surrounding area so that automatic (push button) handicap doors can be put into these schools so that his fellow disabled brothers and sisters don’t have to struggle as hard anymore to get around and can even be more independent throughout their day.
Archer is a local hero and we certainly want to congratulate on all he has done!