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Two Central Texas Boy Scouts overcome obstacles to earn their Eagle Scout medal

One was born homeless. Another diagnosed with leukemia.

AUSTIN, Texas — 497 Central Texas Boy Scouts will earn their Eagle Scout medal today at a Capitol Area Council reception. That's the highest number in the 107-year history of the council. Many of them have beaten the odds to earn a lifelong goal. For Chris Workman and Sean Gingrass, reaching that goal was tougher than most.

When Workman was born, his mother was homeless. When his family moved from California to Texas, he spent much of his time playing alone, until he joined scouting. 

Boy Scouts became Workman's life. His dedication to service helped him earn his Eagle rank in 2012 and he became the first person in his family to graduate from a four-year college. Now, he works for Boy Scouts of America and is a proud husband and stepfather. 

Things were normal for Sean Gingrass until his world was turned upside down. In the seventh grade, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Gingrass battled the disease, pushing his doctors and parents to let him go out with friends. Three and a half years later, Gingrass defeated leukemia. He earned his Eagle and now runs his own photography business in Georgetown. 


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