Griffin Furlong knows a thing or two about challenges. The graduating high school senior spent part of his childhood homeless after losing his mother to cancer. After years spent bouncing around between relatives' homes and shelters, Furlong is now graduating from First Coast High in Jacksonville, Florida.
But not only is this 18-year-old graduating, he is the class valedictorian, with a 4.65 grade point average.
After word began to spread about this inspiring young man, a gofundme.com account was created in his honor. "People from California contacting me, people from Hawaii, it's really been crazy," said Furlong of his new-found fame.
So far, more than $30,000 has been raised to help the high school senior pay for his college tuition.
Furlong says he feels humbled by the overwhelming support he's received from classmates and strangers alike but his focus is now on the future. With plans to study civil engineering at Florida State University, his message to those struggling out there? "Never give up. Have a purpose in life."
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