Mealer to speak at GOP convention

Staff Report

Wauseon’s Brock Mealer will be among the speakers at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Mealer beat the odds and walked again following a tragic car accident in December 2007 near Pettisville. Following the accident, he was told he had a 1 percent change to walk again.

In 2010 he completed a goal of leading the University of Michigan football team onto the field. The Big Ten Network and ESPN have both aired specials related to his story.

Today, Mealer spreads the message of facing adversity head on and persevering against overwhelming odds, no matter the challenge.

Mealer is slated to speak on Thursday during the prime time program, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

Mealer’s aunt, Sandy Barber, is Fulton County Recorder, Fulton County Republican Party chairperson, and a delegate from Fulton County.

“I am thrilled that Brock will be speaking here at the convention,” said Barber. “His message of faith and determination will touch many and can change lives. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so proud of him.”

The partial list of speakers released Thursday doesn’t include any current or former elected officials from Ohio.

Among the other speakers announced are Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Jeff Sessions, Newt Gingrich, Ivanka Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Senator Mitch McConnell.

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