NEW HOULKA, Miss. (WTVA) -- Life has new challenges for Joby Byars, but he's not complaining.
Two months ago, his spinal cord was damaged in a car accident. He is determined to move forward.
"I'm very determined. I don't even know if I'm gonna stay in this chair forever. I actually feel pretty good about walking again," Byars said.
Some feeling is returning which is a miracle for his mother-especially after losing her husband Jimbo Byars in January.
"We found out in October that he had cancer and a very bad cancer and it wasn't just their daddy, he was also their teacher and their coach. It was a double for my boys."
Sonja says family and their community has helped them through this crisis.
"We couldn't ask for a better community than the one we live in in Houlka, Mississippi. Between all of them and our families-without all that support, we wouldn't be where we were today," Byars added.
"I've had tons of support. My mom. My brother. They've been real great. Everybody has," Joby Byars said.
There's not expected to be a dry eye in the house when Joby Byars rolls down the carpet to accept his diploma at the Houlka graduation ceremony.
Houlka teacher Phyllis Hamilton has acquired a motorized wheelchair. What she hoped would be a rental turned into much more. The local home health equipment provider offered it up for free.
"All the people around our county and all the surrounding area-their hearts really go out to families when they have tragedies like this," Chickasaw County Superintendent Dr. Betsy Collums said.