CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - I'm on vacation this week but heard Cassidy Hooper started college TODAY and has to share. Sure hope Central Piedmont Community College is ready. She's going to knock them over.
Cassidy, a longtime friend and inspiration to many, is majoring in mass communication and broadcasting. When she was 11 years old she told me she wanted to be a radio talk show host. That dream has never changed. It's still her goal.
This southwest Charlotte 19-year-old was born with no eyes and no nose. She has never, ever let that stop her from achieving any dream. Years ago we followed Cassidy's multi-year process to get a nose surgically attached. Quite the elaborate and ultimately successful process. Her nose continues to work well.
She plays sports, musical instruments, texts, tweets, cheerleads, has a job at Carowinds and keeps her family on their toes. In middle school Cassidy started going to a special school in Raleigh – she'd hop the bus in Charlotte every week, travel alone across the state then travel back at the end of the week. She is smart, independent, feisty, lovable and now, a college freshman.
Mom Sue says they're not yet sure how Cassidy will get to class. It will either be her a ride from her grandmother, a transportation company or Uber. (Cassidy uses Uber all the time to get to work and visit friends). She toured the campus two weeks ago to make sure she knew the routes and how to get around.
Her favorite saying is, "I don't need easy. I just need possible."
Cassidy, we love you. We're proud of you. Enjoy this new chapter.