Archer Hadley exceeds wheelchair challenge goal by a long shot

Archer Hadley

AUSTIN (KXAN) – When Archer Hadley puts his mind to something, he does it. The senior at Austin High School, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, has overcome yet another challenge with both confidence and humility.

“Oh my gosh, I can’t even express…” said Archer. “I feel so loved and cared for by the whole entire community.”

Back on October 27, Archer said he was put in a wheelchair to do special things on this earth each and everyday.

That was the day he rolled out his wheelchair challenge. Teachers and students were could be nominated by someone for $20 and spend an entire school day on two wheels, or donate money to cause.

Archer’s goal was to raise $40,000 by Christmas break to cover the cost of installing several automatic push button doors on campus. The idea came to him when he had to wait outside in the rain one day because no one was there to open the door.

Cash and checks have been pouring in. Tuesday, Archer announced his grand total of a little more than $82,000 dollars.

“He’s never shied away from any goal in his entire life,” said Barbara Hadley, Archer’s mom. “But I never thought it would be over double what he had aimed for.”

But Archer isn’t done yet. He has one more request for the ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Jan. 5.

“I would like to extend a personal invitation to Governor-Elect Greg Abbott,” said Archer. “We would love to see you there, and for you to be recognized officially as the first disabled governor of Texas.”

His mom says a request has been submitted to Abbott’s office. Archer’s vision is to roll through the new doors together.

Click here to read and watch KXAN’s original story on Oct. 27, 2014 about Archer’s wheelchair challenge. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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