CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - A story of one man who has known difficult times on the street and faces impossible changes every day finds a silver lining on Thanksgiving.
"Seven years ago I lost my ability to walk. and that was the worst moment of my life," Steven "Blue Jay" Presley said.
64-year-old Blue Jay can be seen traversing the downtown area up and down Shoreline on his electric wheelchair.
"When I had my first heart attack that took my ability to work," Presley said. "In 2000 I got to spend Christmas Eve, Christmas and the day after Christmas in a ditch in Arkansas buried in ice and snow. Once they found me and got me out, I decided that if I'm gonna be homeless I'm gonna be homeless in a warm place, and that means south," Presley said.
Blue Jay ended up in Corpus Christi downtown apartments but come January he said he would have to move out.
"The landlord says that my place is dangerous, but yet I've been here for 14 years, not one accident," Presley said.
Blue Jay is also in need of a spine surgery but that consist of traveling to Vanderbilt University Medical Center Spine Clinic in Nashville, Tennesse.
"They have a 98 percent success rate in micro spinal surgery. They're the best in the country, but they said I have to be a resident of Tennessee before they can even touch me," Presley said.
For now, all Blue Jay has is the hope that someone will help get him there.
"You know we need to start thinking what kind I do to make this world better," Presley said.
Despite great odds, Blue Jay is thankful for what he has at this moment.
"I'm thankful that the weather is, that people come to our building help us. I've got hope as long as I got a breath, and that's the best feeling in the world," Presley said.
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