“What made you want to go to college with me?”

23-year-old Collin Smith grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina.

When he was a sophomore in high school, he was in a car accident that left him quadriplegic.

Ernest Greene, who is 72, attended the same church as Collin’s family, and though he’d never met Collin, he decided he wanted to help.

He offered to do whatever Collin needed, from taking him to school to helping him shave.

And when Collin began college, Ernest went too.

They came to StoryCorps to remember that time.

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Music Info: "Sigue Sus Ojos" by Caravana from the album Caravana
Produced by Jud Esty Kendall
Facilitated by Yasmina Guerda
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