MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Born 13 weeks early, weighing only two and a half pounds, 16-year-old Blake Parker spent the first 78 days of his life in the Richland Baptist Hospital NI-CU fighting to survive.
"Especially during my birthday, I get remembered like how hard it was for me to get here and how I can make an impact and I'm really appreciative of that," said Parker.
He's a miracle child, who now walks the halls as a junior at the Academy for the Arts and Technology in Myrtle Beach, radiating positive energy.
"You could say I'm very fun to be around, I'm happy all the time, I'm usually the leader in the crowd, and I'm always there to help people who need help,"
Parker says, adding that he enjoys helping people. He assists with his niece who has special needs. He attends mission trips with his church, even having worked in Nicaragua, he volunteers at Ground Zero in Myrtle Beach, and he's president of his student body. He also tutors middle school kids during the summer, mostly in math and science. Those are all subjects he excels at.
"I'm taking AP Chemistry right now and it definitely showed me all of the fun things you can do so I'm thinking about considering it for a career," he said.
He's a young man with a bright future and a lot to offer the world.