CWU Grad Overcomes the Odds to Walk, Deliver Speech at CommencementPosted: Updated:
ELLENSBURG--Nearly every graduate has a tough road and a special story, but not many have to overcome a paralyzing injury like Logan Seelye did.
Six summers ago, Logan Seelye was heading into his junior year at Spanaway Lake High School. He'd already been named a captain on the varsity football team.
But then he got the worst of a hit during a scrimmage at a Central Washington University summer football camp.
Right away, he knew it was bad.
"I was laying on the ground," Seelye said. "I was awake the whole time but was scared; felt like my entire body was on fire."
He'd broken his neck. Seelye spent weeks in different hospitals.
Jordyn Riley, his fiancee and girlfriend for more than eight years, remembers first seeing him after the accident.
"It really took all my strength not to cry and say oh it's going to be okay," Riley said. "Then, when I left the room, I just started bawling because he was always the strong one. Seeing him that vulnerable was really hard for me."
Doctors told Logan he'd never have feeling below his chest, but he's proved them wrong.
He has full feeling everywhere and can take a few steps on his own.
He used a wheelchair Saturday for convenience, but usually he gets around with a walker.
Administrators picked him as one of two student speakers for commencement. He wants to share his story and inspire others.
"As I lay in the hospital bed, slowly regaining the strength in only my shoulders, I thought to myself, 'I can either complain and ask why me, why did this happen or I can fight the situation and I can beat it,'" Seelye said in his speech.
Seelye thinks he'll get out of the chair for good eventually.
He's committed to getting back on his feet.
Logan and Jordyn are getting married in August. In the meantime, he'll be using his information technologies and business degree for a web design company he started with a friend.