|Published:||Jun 08, 2010 4:21 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 07, 2010 5:54 PM EDT|
LABELLE, Fla. - A Hendry County man just graduated from law school. That's an accomplishment in itself, but his story is different.
He commuted 294 miles every day to attend Florida International University in Miami... and he did it all while taking care of his disabled wife and elderly parents.
His Honda Civic had 99,000 miles on it when Steve Spence bought it for the sole purpose of driving it to law school - 294 miles round trip - every day, five days a week.
"There was no law school that as close, so driving was the only way to get there. The big problem was the loss of study time. That's what was really hard because you're losing five hours and you had to be prepared for the next day and I was determined that I could not go to class and not be prepared."
While Spence worked on getting his degree, he also had things at home to take care of. His wife, Julie, is disabled and in a wheelchair.
"I call him superman because of all the things that he does. He does so much for me that I can't do anymore."
He also takes care of his parents. His dad has Alzheimer's and his mom had several strokes, but still, he never gave up.
"If you want something bad enough, it's never too late and your never too old to do it."
"Now Spence is preparing for the bar exam he'll take at the end of July. Then, he hopes to be a criminal or immigration lawyer.
Spence said his son talked him into going back to school to get his undergrad in 2003. So, he went to Hodges University in Fort Myers and that is when he fell in love with law.
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