Cory Almanza Honored Before First AHS Pep Rally of Season

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 08/29 2014 12:18PM

Updated 08/29 2014 06:28PM

The first pep rally of the season for the Abilene High Eagles kicked off Friday morning, without one teammate who should be a senior this year. Cory Almanza, who was badly injured in a car wreck in May, was honored in a special way Friday morning.

"Its awesome just  to see the community come out honk and see Cory," says Ruby Flores, Cory's mother.

Friday should have been Cory's last, first Abilene High School pep rally. His mom remains positive, even though she never imagined being in this situation. "Its nothing I expected or where I thought we would end up, but God has a plan," says Flores.

Cory did not come out of a coma until months after the wreck, but his physical therapists say he is progressing now. "The honking and those noises, I think he is following and getting to see how many people really support him, so that's a neat thing," explains Cindy Schoonmaker, of Kinder Hearts Home Health.

Cory and his family, friends, and nurses set up camp so that those passing by Abilene High could honk, wave, and give him words of encouragement. Though Cory is not able to respond much now to this excitement, the nurses and therapists that work with him say they think one day he will be able to understand. "But he is going to know later how many people supported him through this," says Schoonmaker.

One day, his mom says she pictures him back at Abilene High. "I don't know when, but I know he will be back there. It might not be the same way, but he will be back there and he will make the best out of whatever way he is there," says Ruby.

Cory has captured the heart of many around town, and maybe those Friday night lights will shine extra bright this season for this Abilene High Eagle.

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