SHERMAN, TX - A Grayson Christian high school student is being nationally recognized for paying it forward.
He says helping others helped him overcome some tough obstacles in his life. Now he's hoping his story can inspire young people across America
We first introduced you to Collin Ashlock a little more than four years ago. A young boy who was battling a bone disease, that if left untreated, could have cost him the ability the walk. But after surgery and physical therapy he was able to swing back into motion.
Now, he's sharing his story and time to help others, and Friday he'll be recognized for those efforts on national tv
One look at Colin and you'll know he's a golfer. But what you may not know is he's a fighter too. And now the entire country is about to find out.
Colin will appear on Fox Sports Network for their "Everyday Hero" segment.
"It was an awesome thing. It was really shocking... really shocking," said Colin Ashlock.
He doesn't know who nominated him but he's humbled and honored that his story has had such an impact. It all started seven years ago when Colin noticed severe pain in his legs and right hip.
"Its leg-calve-perthes and its a rare bone disease that's in your hip and if you didn't get taken care of at that moment it would've deteriorated the bone and you pretty much couldn't walk," said Colin.
it was a diagnosis that his dad, Todd, was all too familiar with.
"To see your son have to go through the same thing is very hard. You feel that its your fault that this is happening to your child," said Todd Ashlock.
Colin's parents took him to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas to have surgery and replace the diseased bone with metal bolts and plates. He recovered quickly and the doctors suggested he play in the "Kids Swing" golf tournament to help rebuild the strength in his hip.
"I started playing it, I have been doing it for seven years now and that what they referred me to in physical therapy to play golf," said Colin.
Colin's hospital stay and surgery did not cost his family anything. So Colin took it upon himself to give back to the hospital that gave him so much.
He's on the junior committee and an ambassador for Kids Swing, helping raise money for the hospital. He also participates in the junior volunteer program with Scottish Rite.
"I want to give back to the hospital for how much they've done for me," said Colin