Overcoming obstacles, Duplin County man aims to inspire others

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DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) Do you ever have those days when you feel down on your luck where nothing seems to be going your way and you ask yourself, "Why me?"

One man your from Duplin County says stop feeling sorry for yourself. Be thankful and live life.

For Billy Daw, heading out to do some hunting or fishing is a little more complicated than it may be for others. But his Action Track wheelchair gets him where he needs to go, especially when he's out in the woods.

Daw says, "I've made my own lanes before like with this chair. I've run over small trees that were in the way. Um, I make it work. Whatever I got I make it work."

Which is what he's been doing all his life.

Billy has been paralyzed from the waist down since birth, suffering from Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus, which is fluid on the brain.

Billy says, "They told my mom I wouldn't live to see the age of 13."

He's now 26 and says, "I'm a firm believer in God and I do believe that if it wasn't meant for me to be here then I wouldn't be. I believe a greater power had their hands on me through the whole process."

And he believes he was given a mission in life.

Billy says, "My calling was to prove to people that just because life has dealt you a bad hand that you just shouldn't give up."

So Billy tries to inspire others through his love of the outdoors.

One way he does that is with his Facebook page "Wheelchair Outdoors." In just three years he has a following of 30,000 people.

Billy says, "I get messages all the time saying how much of an inspiration I am, how much I've changed people's lives. It just brightens my heart to hear that and that's what keeps me going."

Even before Billy was born, his mother was told there were health concerns. Taking a look at all that he's accomplished so far, and how he's inspiring others, is also a blessing to her.

Mom Vickie King says, "I'm very proud of him. I wouldn't have it any other way because I mean I'll take him everywhere he needs to go."

That includes to Louisiana to go hunting and to the beach to go fishing...fun adventures and travels, but also meant to take you on a journey of hope.

Billy says, "I'm thankful for what I do have and that's what I tell people. I tell people be thankful for what you do have because one day it could all be gone. Always live life to the fullest and ya know, just never give up."