Abilene, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – Graduating from a four-year university is no small task, but the academic journey of one student at Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) is different.
For Caden Creach, who graduated from Wiley High School and will soon graduate from college, graduating from college is a dream come true.
Creach, an English major, fell in love with storytelling at an early age after reading superhero comics. He said he sensed the idea of superheroes and what they represented ignited a creative passion in him that he wanted to pursue as an adult.
But pursuing a career as a writer would not be as easy as it sounds for Creach. Prematurely born, Creech develops cerebral palsy, a disorder that begins at an early age that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain a point of balance.
For Creach, it meant learning to walk. As he got older, he went into a wheelchair. Krich also has problems controlling fine movements, such as writing with a pencil.
While his physical disabilities initially hindered him, they did not hinder his enthusiasm and passion for higher education.
Creach spent his first two years at Cisco College before transferring to HSU, majoring in English with a minor in theater.
Now, after four long years, he is about to receive this long-awaited diploma.
“I’m very excited,” Creech said. “Although I’m still hesitant about how hot it will be.”
While Kreach was talking to KTAB / KRBC, he became tense. His grandfather, Bruce Doloff, sat over Creach’s right shoulder, watching his grandson rise in his wheelchair.
The former teacher at Abilene High retired in 2004 to relieve the stress of Kreach’s parents while they were away from work, caring for him.
“Can I put leg braces on him?” He’s tightening up, ‘Doloff said, reaching for the Creach pads.
While most grandparents watched their grandchildren from afar, urging them to achieve their goals in college, Doloff literally pushed Creed from class to class. Every day Creach was on campus, Doloff was right behind him, sitting in every class and taking notes on him.
“When you retire, people’s lives change a lot and they look for a goal that keeps them busy or busy,” Doloff said. “He had more than played that role for me, and it was a wonderful feeling for me and it gives me a goal to keep going.”
Doloff said his calling has been to care for Cadden all these years, starting in high school and picking him up every day after school.
Now a longtime veteran of the Air Force, he has become a staple on the HSU campus. Doloff said it took 13 years to earn his first military degree, and he now has almost an English degree to join.
“The professors were great. So I liked it, probably more than him. I don’t have to do my homework; I don’t have to worry about grades. ” Doloff said jokingly, and Creach answered Lucky.
Creach said their relationship has grown even stronger in the last few years at HSU, in good times and bad. He said that even in his worst physical days, his grandfather’s presence helped give him the strength to continue.
“Honestly, I don’t know where I would be without him, so I’m very lucky to have him in the first place,” Crew said.
As Hardin Simmons’ inauguration ceremony approaches, Doloff and Creach’s daily academic routine is over, but Creed said he is forever grateful for the role his grandfather played in his life.
“You are one of, if not the most important people in my life,” the future graduate told his grandfather.
Each of them will take the stage at the opening ceremony of Hardin Simmons, but according to Creed, their time together may not be over yet. He said he was still deciding whether to pursue his master’s degree.