Alumni Spotlight - Trevor Akers '05, 2019 Alumnus of the Year
Our lives are subject to change at any given moment. For Dr. Trevor Akers ’05, one of those moments was his motorcycle accident in the summer of 2003. As a result of the accident, Trevor suffered temporary brain damage and broke multiple bones, including parts of his spinal cord, which caused the loss of the use of both his legs.
On his road to recovery, Trevor made a promise to his mom to walk again. After three years and 245 days, Trevor was able to support his body’s weight in his arms.
“It took a brace from my feet to my armpits and an hour to walk out of the rehab facility, but I made it,” Trevor said. “After being with me every day at rehab, two and a half hours away from home, I owed it to my mom to keep my promise.”
After returning home, Trevor made another promise to his mom to walk again, this time, across the stage at graduation.
In 2007, he literally took steps towards fulfilling his promise.
“Although it wasn’t the way everyone else walked, supporting my weight in my arms and using a walker, I kept my promise,” Trevor said.
He went on to earn a bachelor’s in psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009 and Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Georgia in 2015.
Despite his time away, Trevor returned to Quincy to continue his journey and open his own practice, Akers Hometown Chiropractic.
“I’ve lived a lot of places, but I came back to Quincy because I learned that I would never consider a place home unless it was where my family was,” Trevor said. “Opening my own business here allows me to wake up every morning and help people; there's not been a day yet that I felt I had to go to work.”
John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.
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