Carr has said that he feels incredibly blessed to have been stopped that night and to have met the Lameys, and applied for that job at Bellhops, and for all the new incredible people he’s met. But it’s also clear that Carr is not only that amazing boy who walked nearly 20 miles to get to work on time, but he’s also the first person in his family to attend college.
At Lawson State Community College, Walter was studying to become an occupational therapist in the hopes of being able to help others. After the Marines, his plan is to return to Alabama and become a full-time therapist.
Changing People’s Lives
Walter not only inspired his community, but he also inadvertently changed a family’s life. When Jenny Lamey was being interviewed by ABC News about Walter and what she thought of him, she sang his praises. She said that she and her family will continue to be inspired by his determination and strength whenever hard times come along.
The Lameys had been going through stressful times with their move; they were changing addresses but also leaving the home where her three sons had grown up. Meeting Walter gave her a newfound sense of hope that everything would work out as long as they kept trying.
Carr Sets an Example
Furthermore, Lamey said that every young person should take Carr’s perseverance and sense of responsibility as an example. Lamey told reporters that Carr was the poster boy for no excuses. She was convinced that it was that faith and diligence that led to the coincidence of him meeting a decent person in Officer Knighten that night at 4 a.m.
And it was faith that made his very first workday be at her house so she and her three boys could meet him. They wouldn’t have gained such a valuable friend, and Carr wouldn’t have been able to inspire so many young people facing hardships to keep going.
Carr Has Plans
Carr has already thought of transferring to Alabama State University for the final years of his studies. He further told reporters that becoming an occupational therapist had always been on his mind. Many of his friends in high school played all kinds of sports and were always recovering from one injury or another.
He saw how bad it was. So, he figured he wanted to go into a line of work where I could help athletes recover after injury. He further said that he looks forward to helping people with all kinds of problems, whether it be athletes, seniors, or people looking for a healthier, better lifestyle – he wants to help whoever is in need.
An Important Lesson
If there’s one thing that Carr kept repeating throughout this entire ordeal, it is to never give up. It’s precisely this attitude that impressed the officers the night of his 20-mile trek and what blew Jenny Lamey away when she first met him. Carr has said in almost every new interview how happy he is that his story touched people.
Carr has been contacted to give inspirational speeches and tell his story at several local churches and schools, with the hopes of encouraging other young people going through hardship. His messages are to always keep pushing to make things possible and that nobody can defeat you but yourself.