Thank you! The generosity of all the donors that help fund CATapult is touching and changes lives. CATapult funding of my education during this year is not only a huge educational, emotional, and financial benefit, but it also gives me time that I have not had for years—time to spend with my wife, upkeeping our 80-year-old house, prioritizing health, and time to spend supporting my younger brother as he adapts to living alone for the first time in a wheelchair when he moves from Colorado for school next fall.
Two years ago, a tree fell on my brother's tent while he was camping and paralyzed him from the sternum down, leaving him with no core strength or stability. In the past, I have been limited by distance in being more than just an emotionally supportive brother. Since distance will not be an issue in the fall and spring, this scholarship will give me the time to physically be there for my brother in ways I have not been able to for most of his high school and post high school life. This scholarship is a blessing to that relationship and will, by association, improve my brother's life as well.
The kindness of the CATapult donors will obviously help my grades during my last two semesters in school. But I want to emphasize that this act of service will help positively define the next 5 to 15 years of my and my wife's lives. Thank you!
E. Bryce Pexton