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Student born with brain disorder accepted to University of Tennessee

A student born with a brain disorder is soon to be a Vol after receiving his acceptance letter to the University of Tennessee.
Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 4:44 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 20, 2021 at 10:48 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -Kevin Mager was born with a brain disorder and couldn’t believe it when he received his acceptance letter to the University of Tennessee.

Kevin’s mother Amy Mager says, Kevin was born with Agenesis of corpus callosum. Kevin was born without the part of the brain that connects the two hemispheres. On April 12, Kevin learned he was accepted into college.

A milestone his mother didn’t think would be possible given Kevin’s health.

“You know when Kevin was born with this condition we were devastated thinking of what can we do to make it better. Of course we did anything and everything we could for him and he has come a long way. Kevin has worked very hard to get where he is now. when he opened that letter it was like opening the lottery,” shared Amy.

She also shared Kevin will be living independently on campus within the University of Tennessee’s FUTURE program.

The FUTURE program helps students with special challenges make a successful transition from high school to adult life.

Kevin says he hopes to study Meteorology. “Meteorology, storm chasing. Storm chasing more than anything, you get to learn not at your own place, but nature’s pace,” says Kevin.

When it comes to others with health challenges, Kevin has a special message.

“Just live your best life. anyway you can, and anyway you will,” shared Kevin.

Kevin and Amy say they are originally Florida Gators fans, but looking forward to wearing orange and white as he moves onto campus in August.

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