Travis Gaines attends graduation ceremony with classmates

By: Whtiney Wetzel Email
By: Whtiney Wetzel Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Graduation day. It's a bittersweet day for high school seniors and their parents. But for one Dunbar High School student, attending his graduation ceremony is an especially emotional day for him and his family, though he wouldn't be the one to tell you that.

"I'm still me. They can cheer because I made it, not because I mean, I'm not that special. You know, just happy that I'm back. That's about it," says Travis Gaines.

Travis Gaines was a member of the baseball team and was just months away from continuing his career as an athlete at Centre College. Those plans changed about two months ago while on a spring break trip in Destin, Florida when he dove into shallow water. Gaines is now paralyzed from the waist down, but he says despite this bump in the road, he's looking forward to his future.

"Hopefully I'll get to start my fall semester at Centre College where I was planning to go. That's it so far, we're not thinking too far ahead," says Gaines.

Receiving his high school diploma is just as much of an achievement for Gaines as it is for his parents.

"We're very proud. It's a big, big day," says Keith Gaines, his father.

"April 2 was a day that we weren't sure that we were going to have him here and for him to be here is an emotional day. But, this is such Travis style. He comes in with a smile on his face and love in his heart," his mother, Rhonda Keeney says.

Gaines says he plans to take things one day at a time.

Gaines receives outpatient rehab in Louisville five days a week. He and his parents say they appreciate everyone's support during his recovery.

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