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Felicia Buckner

Updated: Friday, December 13 2013, 09:57 AM EST
Next week a young woman from Buncombe County will graduate from East Carolina University.

What makes her achievement remarkable is what she has gone through to reach this important moment in her life.

Our Person of the Week is inspiring people because of what she's overcoming and her message of hope for anyone facing hardship.        

Of all the lessons to be learned in Mrs. Cox second grade class, none may be greater than what's being taught by her teaching assistant, Felicia Buckner.

Leslie Cox, teacher, "they have a lot of respect for her and they care for her well being and they applaud her accomplishments."

The road to achievement has been long and painful, going back four years ago to town mountain road.  With Felicia riding on a motorcycle driven by her husband Jake. They crashed, sliding under a pick-up truck.  Jake died and Felicia was left with brain trauma, a broken back, collapsed lung, other injuries and years of rehab and therapy.

Despite her loss and her struggles, Felicia Buckner has held on to a dream.  It was something she had before the accident and now, it's about to come true.

Felicia Buckner, Person of the Week, "about only a few short days away.  I'll be graduating with my bachelor's in education"

She finished student teaching yesterday at the very school she attended as a child and graduates next week from Eastern Carolina University.

Jennie Lynn Krichbaum, Felicia's 4th grade teacher, "she has the hope and the determination and the heart.  She had it all and she never lost it."

And now she gives hope to all who know her story.  All who may not see she's unable to even swallow, carries a cup to drain her saliva, and is fed through a feeding tube to her stomach.

"I take it one day at a time.  And a co-worker told me fall down seven, get up eight."   Fall down seven, get up eight.  No matter how often you fall, you get up.

"You can't quit.  You fall down but you have to get back up.  Cuz only you can get up.  No one can do it for you."

"You think twice about some of the stuff you go through and you think this lady has done done a phenomenal job in what she's overcome."

She pursues a passion because it gives her life purpose, "my passion is helping children and watching them learn and grow.  And it makes me happy."

Felicia says God and the love of friends and family made her recovery possible.  She plans to volunteer at Pisgah Elementary next semester.Felicia Buckner

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