Wesley Gowers | Young Hero Award from Alabama Public Television

Wesley Gowers

Cherokee High School

Cherokee, Alabama

Wesley is a senior at Cherokee High School. An outstanding scholar and trumpet-player, he is involved with numerous clubs and activities, including several honor bands. Wesley’s younger sister was born with cerebral palsy. His mother suffered a stroke in recent years and was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. She is paralyzed and unable to speak. Facing such difficult circumstances, Wesley carries a level of responsibility that few adults could shoulder. A typical day begins at 3:30 a.m. Wesley rises for his newspaper route. Job finished, he returns home to prepare for school. This includes caring for his mother’s needs and helping his sister to dress and catch her transportation. The end of the day finds Wesley helping his father to maintain the household chores. Through all of this, Wesley maintains exemplary grades, performs volunteer work for his community and maintains a positive attitude toward life. Upon graduation, he hopes to study pre-med at Auburn University and to participate in the Auburn University Marching Band.

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