Wednesday, June 4, 2014

6/4/14 Graduation is this Friday, June 6th! And "44" Rocked!

Forrest will graduate from Kettle Run High School this Friday 6/6 at 6:00 pm. The weather forecast is promising and the Ceremony is likely to be held in the Kettle Run football stadium.  IF it is held in the stadium, there will be plenty of room for all of Forrest's fans! Forrest, with Toliver at his side, will be first or second in the procession. The whole ceremony is expected to only take a little more than an hour.  We will confirm that it will be in the stadium tomorrow so please check back.  If it is moved inside there is only room for family :-(

When Forrest began at Kettle Run in 2012 he could not speak, stand up or walk unassisted.  He could only indicate yes or no  with one finger or two.  He could not yet type to communicate. But Kettle Run embraced his journey  and he embraced the goal to graduate from high school.  He could not have accomplished this without the faith and support of his friends and fans.  We hope that you will join us in the celebration, in person at Kettle Run High School or in spirit! Presents aren't necessary.  Your love and support are the gifts he treasures. 

Kettle Run High School
7403 Academic Ave
Nokesvilke, Va 

The first workshop reading of Forrest's musical "44" was a huge success last Sunday.   It is still so hard for Forrest to enunciate clearly and to  project his  voice. But with the encouragement and camaraderie of his cast members and Tom's coaching, he rose to the challenge and sang with gusto and joy.  The song Forrest wrote for his amazing brother, Austin (performed by Nathan) brought tears of gratitude; tears  for their special bond, Austin's unwavering devotion, and Forrest's hard won battles. 

We are overwhelmed by the talent, generosity, and compassion of Tom and his team at A Place To Be.  We hope that we can help give back by making the Kickstarter campaign for High Notes a huge success and sharing their amazing work with the world.   Here are some images from "44" : 


  1. Hooray! What a major achievement. Praying and hoping for the weather to hold so we can all come out to witness this spectacular event and lend our support and encouragement.
    Forrest you are a winner and indeed a champion!
    Can't wait to see you.
    Blessings and love,
    Nurse Karen

  2. Congratulations Forrest!! I am so proud of you for following through to your graduation! I would love to see you & Toliver go up on stage to receive your diploma! I'm so glad that your Grandma Norma Lou is there with you now, and that she will get to attend this great event in your life. God be with you all! You have made such progress since your accident, and you've been an encouragement to thousands of us who have followed your blog!

    Love and Prayers,

    Joyce and Wilbur in Missouri

  3. I am so excited for you Forrest! I keep up with tour BLOG and cheer you on in all of your endeavors, even if I don't comment all of the time. I feel so thankful for the year that we got to work together during this journey. If I even begin to think that I am having a bad day, I quickly remind myself of that 44 spirit and push through it with a smile! I am spreading the word about A Place To Be and High Notes to everyone that I can. It just warms my heart to think of the hard work and dedication that I know you, your family and team 44 have accomplished to get to this point. May your VOICE change the world!