A 30-year-old man with special needs, thanks to a former professor, celebrated his first birthday party.

Chris Barrington, who functions at a sixth grade level, was discovered two months ago wandering the streets alone. Officials claim he spent two days wandering around the region.

The Barrington’s dad was so ill with leukemia that he was unable to move.

Barrington had no known immediate family, but he remembered the name of Michelle Girard, his junior high school teacher.

Girard taught Barrington at Gatesville Junior High School for four years, but since that time he had not interacted with her.

She was more than ready, though, to bring Barrington in.

“He deserves a good life. He’s had a hard life,” Girard told KWTX.

The teacher now applying for guardianship over Barrington after his dad died on Aug. 1.

While waiting for the process to be completed, Girard makes sure Barrington has every opportunity to do things he couldn’t do.

“He’s never had a birthday present, a birthday party, Christmas, Thanksgiving, nothing. So, this year is going to be full of firsts,” Girard said.

Barrington was able to get his first birthday and go on his first boat ride and fishing journey with the assistance of JMB Fishing in Waco.

“You know, there are so many things that I want kids to do. They want to go to Disney, I have one that wants to go to Hawaii,” fisherman Jimmy Bennett said. “Chris is happy to come out on Lake Waco and ride around on a boat. That’s all he wants to do.”

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