Eight years ago, Robbie Wunder was in a diving accident that left him quadriplegic. At the time, Wunder was a junior in high school.
In the eight years since his accident, Wunder graduated from Middle Township High School on time and completed a film degree from Temple University last May.
His mother, Sue, has also been busy during the time her son and husband - who acted as caregiver for Robbie at Temple - were away.
Sue, of Cape May Court House, wrote a book.
The book, titled "Enough for Today," is a faith-based book about "how God provides and how faith can get you through the hardest of times," Wunder said. "The book has a bunch of journal entries ... and includes referenced scripture."
The journal entries Wunder referenced are from the time her son spent in the hospital. Through a website called CaringBridge, Wunder was able to write journal entries to update loved ones. The site acts as a support network for family and friends.
"I wrote (journal entries) for a year, and in that one year I got 63,000 hits," Wunder said. "The community really pulled together. It was amazing."
Through the course of writing the journal entries, Wunder began to notice that the tone of her entries was changing. She began to reflect in her entries, and she started to see that tragedy had the potential to bring out the good in people.
She referenced when a little girl gave her 37 cents at a fundraiser for her son, and another time when a young boy gave Wunder all of his skateboard money.
Wunder, who has worked at the Cape May County Special Services School for 28 years, wrote the book after work in the evenings and in the summer. It was completed in September.
"The hard part for me was to go back in the journal and relive those things," Wunder said. "Sometimes I had to put it away."
Wunder isn't the only one in the family whose work is reaching new heights. For his senior project at Temple, Robbie produced a film called "Sweepstakes" that was accepted by the Tribeca Film Festival.
"He's hoping maybe going to Tribeca will open up some doors for him. He really enjoys writing and producing, so hopefully something will come along," Wunder said. "You have so many kids in Cape May County who choose not to go to college and so many things that stop you from moving forward, I'm amazed at how my son keeps moving forward."
The Tribeca Film Festival takes place in Lower Manhattan. It starts on April 17.
Wunder held a book signing at Tortilla Flats in Avalon on April 6.
"My mission is to go from church to church or small group to small group and give my testimony," Wunder said. "I have big plans for this little book."
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