Halfway through working on his degree at Colorado State University,, Kevin Hoyt’s world was turned upside down when he fell from the attic in his Utah home on New Year’s Day in 2015, crashing through the ceiling of his living room and landing on the floor nearly 20 feet below.

He spent the next month adapting to not being able to use his legs and figuring out how to move forward with life as a paraplegic.

A Change of Heart

After being certain that he was done with school following the accident, Kevin had a change of heart and decided to re-enroll at Colorado State University.

“I’ve used the motivation of walking across that stage at graduation to get myself physically to that point,” said Kevin.

With his family watching from the crowd, Kevin approached the stage in his wheelchair. Rolling to a stop in front of hundreds of cheering onlookers, he slowly rose to his feet as students led a standing ovation. He walked across the stage. After two and a half long years, he’d finally accomplished his goal, and it couldn’t have felt better.

A video of Kevin’s triumphant walk was captured by Colorado State University’s communications team and posted to the CSU Facebook page where it went viral. A corresponding story documented his journey to graduation.

Kevin’s story has reached more than 5.2 million people through social media.

Across the Stage, Across the Nation

Kevin's Walk: Video Reach

On average, Facebook data since July 1, 2016, show that the Colorado State Facebook page could expect a video post to reach roughly 112,428 people. Kevin’s Walk organically reached 5,404,606 unique users, 4,707% more than what is typical.

The reach of 5,404,606 totals more than the combined populations of these states:

  • Montana
  • Delaware
  • South Dakota
  • North Dakota
  • Alaska
  • Vermont

On Facebook alone, 1.4+ million unique users generated more than 1.6 million views.

Into the Hearts of Millions

A total time of more than 849,724 minutes has been spent watching the video. That’s 590 days.

“It’s genuinely humbling to think that a simple personal goal could explode into more than a million connections.”

– Kevin Hoyt

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