Gary has been unbelievably blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people throughout his life. It is Gary's desire to thank them for their support and encouragement by enhancing the lives of other people with Cerebral Palsy.
Gary was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. After six hours of blood transfusions, the doctors had no hope that he would ever function at a normal level. Under the best of circumstances, his parents were told, the most they could hope for was a child with a severe learning disability. Not wanting to give up on their son, Gary's parents began working with him at home. At two years of age, Gary was enrolled in a school for children with special needs. Within a few weeks, he was working on a computer. With constant stimulation and unrelenting guidance, Gary began reading words and short sentences at the age of four. Next came the Pre-K program, elementary school, and Gary's fifth-grade graduation where he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.
Having made the honor roll almost every year in high school, this outstanding young man graduated in 2010 among the top twenty-fifth percentile of his class. Gary is now in college and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He also spends a lot of time raising money for TIRR Memorial Hermann's new robotic floor, which helps people with disabilities and injuries become more independent through robotics. Gary plans to finish college, with a political science degree, continue to help those with cerebral palsy, and eventually go into politics. He plans to continue The Gary J. Lynn Foundation, supporting research that will benefit all those who are afflicted with cerebral palsy.
Gary refuses to be defined by his disability. He has a wonderful sense of humor and an extremely quick wit. Cerebral palsy may have confined him to a wheelchair, but his mind and unbridled spirit make him stand 10 feet tall. Those of us who know him are in awe of his ability to confront adversity with amazing grace and are honored to be considered among his friends.
Gary is an obsessed, ultimate sports fan and has begun to dabble some in the political arena. He also maintains a Facebook Page, which we encourage you to visit.