By Sara Hodon
College life has its share of challenges, and for students with physical limitations, those challenges can be overwhelming. Some students get past that overwhelmed feeling and work to their strengths and use those same challenges to their advantage. This is exactly what LCCC graduate Bobby O'Gurek has done.
O'Gurek, a 1999 graduate of Panther Valley High School, is living with cerebral palsy. While he is unable to physically write or speak through traditional means, he hasn't let that stand in his way of attending college or pursuing a career. Instead, he has set attainable goals and found ways to achieve them. "I chose LCCC because it's local and it was the best option for me to continue my education." He Explains . "With my disability, I have to have people take care of me daily. I could not live on a college campus unless I traveled four hours away."
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O'Gurek, who lives with cerebral palsy, a debilitating disorder of movement, was presented the "Spirit of the Cougar" Award for his perseverance, commitment and ability to overcome adversity.
Members of the LCCC Board of Trustees were joined by Jim Thorpe Area School District board members and administrators, as well as numerous visitors for the "Meet the Cougars Night" held at the college's new and impressive site in the west wing of Jim Thorpe Area High School, 1100 Center St., Jim Thorpe.
O'Gurek, 34, was just as impressive. After receiving the Cougar award from LCCC interim President Dr. Ann Bieber, the young man, who communicates with assistive technology, delivered a dissertation in which he praised the role of Lehigh Carbon Community College for his development in helping him to become successful.
The story fit perfectly into LCCC's motto "Start Here … Go Anywhere," said Randall Smith of Jim Thorpe, a district representative on the board of trustees who introduced O'Gurek to a sizable crowd in the college's library.