I was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and the doctors gave no hope that I would ever function. Although I am in a wheelchair I do not let that define him. I graduated elementary school with the Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence and I made the honor roll almost every year throughout high school. I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Lone Star College and I plan to transfer to the University of Houston or Rice University for Political Science to become an advocate for the disabled. In 2008, I formed The Gary J. Lynn Foundation, a 501c3 non profit raising and donating $15,000.00 for Cerebral Palsy Research and $45,000.00 to TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Neuroscience Research Institute for robotics to help immobile people. 100% of the proceeds now raised goes to TIRR.
In 2009, I represented the Astros at the MLB All Star Game in St. Louis. MLB and People Magazine chose him to be on a film with the five living Presidents of the United States at the time. The film was shown in the Presidential libraries. That same year I was chosen as the first Early’s Angel on CBS T.V.’s The Early Show for my foundation. My segment was chosen Highlight of the Year. I also won the Mayor’s Disability Junior Advocate Award of the Year. I was honored in New York City at the Plaza Hotel by Cerebral Palsy International for the money I raised for CP research.
2010 Astro’s Hometown Hero and threw out the first pitch at the Astro’s game.
2013 became the first disabled Red Rowdy with the Houston Rockets. In 2017, Gary was chosen by the Rocket’s organization as the Rocket’s Super Fan. The NBA filmed a commercial with me which was shown internationally.
2019 Won “Humanitarian of the Year Award” and Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Award, (second time).
I am very active in the disability community around Houston and advocates for the rights of disabled citizens. I attend Metro Board Meetings discussing issues which are a priority to the disabled community. I also attend City Council meetings advocating to have streets repaired to make it accommodating for all those who have difficulty walking and are wheelchair bound. This seems to be an ongoing task trying to repair streets. Besides being an advocate I am involved with the disability community playing power soccer, taking adaptive art lessons and working with Jeff Bourns who was the fourth ranked adaptive tennis player in the world. Jeff and I are working with the Rice University engineering students who are creating an adaptive tennis racket for my wheelchair so we can play tennis.
Every holiday season my mom, aunt, and Chris Alan of Christian’s Tailgate who is my foundation sponsor and supporter volunteers at the George R. Brown Convention Center helping with dinner and activities for those in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am so proud to say Peter Allen CEO and radio personality from 95.3 JAMZ here in Houston has asked me to become involved with my foundation. Peter and I have become good friends.
To see the commercial with the Rockets please go to:
I’m Why, NBA Cares Gary Lynn
Thank you for your time. Gary is amazing and lives every day to the fullest despite having a disability and many physical challenges.