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Burlington teen keeps faith after diving accident at White Lake

BURLINGTON, NC (THE TIMES-NEWS) — Cameron Horner is on a path.

The 18-year-old Caswell County native doesn’t know where it will lead. It’s a winding road, for sure, with lots of hills and valleys. Horner is a faithful traveler moving at an unfamiliar pace. He waits for the day he will put one foot in front of the other and remains ready to do what is necessary to take that next step.

Three months ago, Horner could see his future, at least the most immediate part, laid out before him and within reach. His car was even packed, ready for the trip to Rivendell Sanctuary in Minnesota where he would attend college before entering the seminary.

That was the plan anyway, but that was before one of life’s twists changed the course of things. The future isn’t quite as clear and as it turns out, it seems Horner was somehow preparing for this journey all along.

Horner never made it to Rivendell Sanctuary on Aug. 15. He is currently at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a place that specializes in treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries. He’s been there since August after getting transferred from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington where he went after a diving injury on Aug. 11 at White Lake that left him paralyzed.

TWO WEEKS before the injury, Horner, who grew up going to Baynes Baptist Church in Caswell County, started attending The Lamb’s Chapel in Haw River as well as a class given there that gave Horner the chance to immerse himself in scripture about healing.

Horner’s family spent several days at White Lake in August. Year after year, the Horners and their extended family would return to the lake to enjoy time with each other and the friends they’ve made. Horner’s friend, Christina North, whom he met as a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol, also joined them on the vacation.

Horner and North spent much of Aug. 11 running, jumping and diving into the lake. It was in the afternoon that Horner sprinted before diving off the pier. His head hit the bottom of the lake.

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