Stories of Inspiration: Must Love Trains, Country Music and SEC Football

Conor is a 16-year-old young man who loves trains, country music (Zac Brown Band and Toby Keith especially!), girls, Christmas, and fishing!  Conor is in the ninth grade at a High School in Dallas, GA.  And he loves it!  He also loves ALL SEC football teams – except the team his mama and daddy like (UGA!!) because he likes to be ornery!  (We think deep down he MUST be a bulldawg fan!) 

It is very rare that you see Conor without a smile on his face!  He is a big fan of practical jokes – even when they are played on him.  He loves to volunteer at the Southern Museum of Civil War History in Kennesaw.  He also like to watch The Dukes of Hazzard – and wants a car like the General Lee!

Conor was diagnosed with a non- malignant, optic glioma – astrocytoma behind his right eye at the age of two – which was removed when he was three years old.  He is blind in his right eye – but it has certainly never slowed him down!  At the age of seven an MRI found another tumor – this one is on his hypothalamus gland – so it cannot be removed.  BUT it is non-malignant, and hasn’t grown since he was age ten!!  Conor underwent a complicated kidney surgery at the age of thirteen, but has recovered from that very well.  Due to his medical issues, Conor has trouble with his speech and sometimes people cannot always understand what he is trying to say – but he is very patient, and if you listen closely, you shouldn’t have a problem!

Conor brings a great deal of joy to his mom and dad, his grandparents, family, and friends.  His wishes?  To see Zac Brown Band, to tell Toby Keith thank you (a song of his helped Conor learn to talk) and to ride cross country on a train!


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