AURORA - Stefan Moton doesn't have many bad days.
"It's just how I am," the 19-year-old said.
You may call it a gift or faith.
"Even before the accident I was just a positive person," Moton said. "I know everything is going to be OK if I believe in God. If I wasn't supposed to be here, I wouldn't be here. So [there] must be a purpose for everything."
July 20, 2012, Moton went to the movies with his brother.
"I got shot in the collar bone and it hit my spine," he said, "I'm paralyzed from the chest down."
Doctors said he might never move his limbs.
"I was going to always be in the wheel chair for the rest of my life," Moton said. "I really don't believe it. I just have my own hope, and I just know what I believe. It might come true one day."
Before the shooting, Moton was going to school to get his GED and become a dental assistant. His dream though, was to be an MMA fighter.
He says he still holds on to his dreams.
"I have to keep believing and not give up," Moton said.
It's his faith that gets Moton through his rare bad day.
"They always say that to other people who have been injured. They come back from it and do things that they said they weren't going to do. So, I just know that I got to keep believing," he said.
Moton is one of three people most severely injured in the Aurora theater tragedy. Twelve were killed and 70 more victims are listed on the indictment.
Moton was a recipient of the money distributed between the victims and survivors. He told 9NEWS, while he was grateful for the community's generosity, the amount of money split between so many victims does not begin to cover Stefan's long-term needs.
He's on Medicaid and will need long term care as well as short term assistance.
If you would like to help Moton, you can contribute to the special needs trust that's been set up for him.
You can make out a check to COVA, earmarked for Stefan L Moton special needs trust, or Potter's House Church of Denver, care of Stefan L Moton special needs trust.
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