O.J. Brigance talks to students at St. Elizabeth School

Posted at 7:09 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 19:09:39-04

O.J. Brigance stopped by St. Elizabeth School to speak to students Wednesday.

Brigance was diagnosed with ALS back in 2007 and was determined to continue to live his life to the fullest and help others do the same.     

Wednesday he talked to many of the school's students who are also challenged with mobility issues. Like Brigance, those students use NuEye Technology to communicate and were able to program their devices to ask him questions. 

"I just think it’s a powerful message to send to our kids. It’s not unusual for schools to have motivational speakers, but to have a motivational speaker that communicates in the same way as our students that identifies with some of our students and challenges that they face every day just to communicate is just such a powerful thing,” said Principal Erin Upton. “We all want role models and to have a role model that communicates in the way we do I think is just really special."

Brigance talked about his time as a young boy in Texas, his football career, and ALS. The students at the school also gave him handmade gifts.