95-year-old double amputee reaches homecoming goal

(WBIR-Maryville) This weekend is homecoming for Maryville College and it's particularly special for a 95-year-old man.

After both his legs were amputated last year, he set a goal for his return to East Tennessee.

Edward Brubaker is a retired minister and veteran now living in Pennsylvania.

He graduated from the college in 1938 with a bachelor's degree in English.

Last year, Brubaker's legs had to be amputated due to diabetes and sores that would not heal on his feet.

"Soon after they were taken I set my goal... I'm going to reunion in Maryville next September and I'm going to walk in the parade," Brubaker said, while laughing.

The homecoming parade route took less than 10 minutes to walk. Brubaker said he has walked as long as 25 minutes with his new legs. However, he's never walked with a crowd like the one in Maryville.

"I'm surprised at how many people there are and appreciate them urging you on, you know. But I've been living for some time do this," he said.

This is Brubaker's 75th class reunion; David Clifford, who held the 1938 banner, will graduate in 2016.

"Every time they'd see the 1938 banner... they'd go crazy for him. And seeing him respond to that and seeing people appreciate the fact that he was able to come here and walk on his own was really special," Clifford said, a Maryville College sophomore studying political science.

Brubaker had this to say about this year's homecoming, "I planned it all my life. I just had a little interruption there when I lost my legs."

Maryville College's Homecoming started on Friday and wrapped up late Saturday.


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