Carr’s attitude toward life and his infinite perseverance weren’t a coincidence. As the afternoon went on and Carr got to know the Lamey family, he started to tell them a bit about his life. He finally opened up and told them that, when he was a 5-year-old boy, he and his mother lost everything to Hurricane Katrina.
They were living in New Orleans when the tragedy happened, and they had lost their belongings and their home. But even in the face of such terrible hardship, Carr’s mother kept going and found a way to provide for her family. She taught Carr that life is worth fighting for, even when things get seemingly impossible.
The Moving Company Arrived
Shortly after, the two other movers from the Bellhops Moving Company arrived at Lamey’s house. Before they started packing her house, Lamey sat them down and told them about Carr and the night he’d endured to get to work on time. The other movers were speechless.
Alongside Carr, they immediately started packing the house and moved the Lamey family to their new home on the other side of the city. Carr and his new work colleagues got along as if they’d known each other for years. To top it off, after a long day’s work, Carr played some basketball with Jenny Lamey’s kids.
The all-night trek wasn’t the only thing that left Lamey and her kids in shock. As they started talking to Carr, he told them a bit more about himself. He was studying for his associate degree, which he would complete later that year. Soon after, he would go to boot camp to become a U.S. Marine.
The Lamey family was in awe of Walter – not only was this man starting an arduous new job, but he was also studying and getting ready to become a Marine. On top of it all, he was willing to walk 20 miles in the middle of the night to make it to work on time. He showed a will and perseverance that were astonishing.
The Beginning of a Long Friendship
Lamey and her sons really got to know Carr that day, and they came to appreciate each other as if they were old friends. Lamey was impressed by the young man’s sheer willpower. She couldn’t imagine what kept him going through all the hardship, but in a later interview with ABC News she said she thinks that God helped him through it all.
Lamey described Carr as a humble, goodhearted person who didn’t know the meaning of giving up. Because of the unimaginable obstacles he and his family had faced, and the way his parents raised him, Carr truly believed that nothing in life was impossible.
Lamey Decides to Take Action
Even after Carr had finished his workday and been driven home by one of his colleagues, Lamey, and her kids couldn’t stop thinking about him. So Lamey decided she wanted to help in any way she could – so she called Carr’s boss the very next morning.
Luke Marklin, the CEO of Bellhops Moving Company, immediately answered the phone and listened to Lamey’s story. They both ended up crying together on the phone about the resilience of this young man, who had endured the impossible and kept going at all costs. Lamey told Marklin she had an idea to help Walter, and Marklin said he’d help in any way he could.