A lack of faith on some people’s behalf has only fueled the determination and abilities of Christian Sims. At 17, he is accomplishing many things even though he is disabled. But, that has not hindered him, his mother, family or friends. It is this perseverance that inspired one retired Boonville Marine to do something.

A lack of faith on some people’s behalf has only fueled the determination and abilities of Christian Sims. At 17, he is accomplishing many things even though he is disabled. But, that has not hindered him, his mother, family or friends. It is this perseverance that inspired one retired Boonville Marine to do something.

On Sunday, a dream became a reality for Sims as he received a delayed entry into the Marine Corps at the Boonville Eagles Lodge.

Sims is living a life that is as close to normal as possible despite being wheelchair-bound and facing several health issues.

“Christian is a senior at Boonville High School. Even though he doesn't attend like a full time student, he participates in his own way. During spirit week, he dresses his part. I know he would love to be there but due to his health conditions, it is safer for him to be at home, we were told that even though he's been vaccinated for chickenpox, if he were to still be exposed, it could be fatal,” Christian’s mother Paula Sims stated.

But, none of these obstacles have hindered the drive to make sure Sims has the best possible life.  

Sims was pleasantly surprised on Sunday when he was given a delayed entry certificate into the United States Marine Corps.  

After meeting Sims a month ago, retired Marine Mike ‘Gunny’ Skinner decided he wanted to do something special for Sims.

“We don’t want to do something when its sad, we want to do something now. Christian has gone beyond what his doctors have said. It’s only fitting that because of what this kid has gone through, that he becomes part of the elite,” Skinner said.

Recently, Sims has overcome several obstacles that have come before him.

“He also has severe scoliosis,113 degree curve, again, nothing can be done because his bones are not strong enough to support the hardware nor the amount of time under anesthesia. He also has seizures, asthma, he is legally blind but he can hear. A few years back he has a lung collapse due to pneumonia. He's also had other things going on but you know when he smiles his smile, he is alright,” Paula Sims stated.

These are just a few of the instances that inspired Skinner to do something for Sims.

The ball began to roll when he went to a recruiter who helped get the application started.

“It seemed like the right thing to do,” Skinner said.

Skinner presented Christian the honor as he was surrounded by family.

“I feel honored. It’s beyond words,” Paula Sims said. “You can tell by the people here that he is loved.”

Loud claps came from the hall as pictures began to be taken while Sims was smiling.