A Summit Hill man with cerebral palsy is not letting his disease stop him from having a career and giving back to his community. In fact, Bobby O'Gurek is inspiring thousands of people across the world by making a local impact here in the region. News 13s Dominic Barone has more on this man's mission to make a difference.
Despite his disability, Bobby O'Gurek does not let cerebral palsy stop him, and it starts with one simple motto.
O'Gurek said,"I have cerebral palsy, but CP does not have me."
Snstead of sulking over the things he can't do, Bobby is maximizing what he can do. Although he needs a head piece pointer to speak through a tablet, he's learned how to code on it and is a web designer since 20-16. His portfolio includes building sites for municipalities like Summit Hill and Tamaqua Borough as well as businesses like Blue Lizard Winery and Torco Supply.
"You can do whatever you want." OGurek said, "You can do whatever you want like I am doing in my life."
Even though he doesn't have the use of his hands, he's still more tech savvy on a computer than most of us, and he's definitely blowing all of us out of the water on social media. Bobby has over 180,000 followers on TikTok and he's using his platform to raise awareness for cerebral palsy.
"It is unbelievable and amazing. I feel loved all over the world." he said.
Bobby posts some funny videos to TikTok. He shows his love for Notre Dame football, his celebrity lookalike of Jason Statham and much more. And he's starting to use it to raise money for causes important to him. He raised 500 dollars for victims of the Tamaqua Hi-Rise fire and gave people gift cards to Boyer's Market. He's elated to receive the support from people he hasn't even met, but not surprised.
"No, because I know my followers would help."
And now he's looking at ways to expand his social media game to increase his fundraising efforts.
O'Gurek said, "Tamaqua was the first time, but I have ideas for the future."