Since becoming paralyzed at 17, Gavin has given nearly 500 speeches across the USA. He has shared the stage with the US Surgeon General and US Secretary of Transportation in Washington, DC, and has been a part of nearly 40 films and TV productions as actor-director-writer-producer, including a CBS special with a US President and a dozen TV PSAs that save kids’ lives.
With a little humor and a lot of heart, Gavin’s speeches:
1. Inspire adults to smile through adversity.
2. Save kids from making tragic mistakes.
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”The most significant event in my life today was listening to Gavin’s spirit! His courage to go on was amazing.” — Patient, Our Lady of the Lake TAU Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
At age 17, a breakup led Gavin to make a common mistake that shattered his dream of playing pro baseball. Doctors gave him a 50/50 chance of dying or being paralyzed from his neck down, but Gavin proved them wrong! He regained movement to his waist, feeling throughout his body, and complete independence. He graduated high school with honors, college with a Bachelors, and went to acting school.
You have a way of getting through to people. You might have saved the lives of four of my friends. I don’t know anyone else in this world who could do something like that. — Student, Mulberry Baptist Church, Houma, Louisiana
The greatest feeling in the world is knowing you made a difference in someone’s life, and that’s what Gavin’s speeches do. Read over 100 reviews his speeches have received since he started speaking in 1990.
From the crowd’s silence during Miller’s speech, and the comments from students afterward, it appeared the schools found the right person. — James Roland, Reporter, Charlotte AM, Port Charlotte, Florida
Gavin has given nearly 500 speeches to 250,000 youth and adults across the United States. Read the list of places he has been so fortunate to speak.
That was a powerful message from the standpoint of what we’ve talked about – setting a good example, carrying ourselves well in public. This message especially touches us because of what happened last summer when we lost one of our own. — David Browning, Coach, Midland High School, Midland, Texas
Gavin studied method acting at KD Studio & Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts and has been a part of nearly 40 films and TV productions.
These are crucial times in the development of young people and we need to encourage them to keep on the right path. Your video was an excellent example. — Maria Argyris, Assistant Principal, The High School for Arts & Business, Corona, New York
Get to know the real Gavin by reading his blog.
I’ve heard lots of wonderful comments about your visit to our county. Often adults tell me they have enjoyed a program, but this time many teenagers made a point to contact me and personally let me know how much your story meant to them. — Alice Yeager, Lauderdale Schools, Florence, Alabama