LYNCHBURG, Va. -

A Rustburg man is overcoming tragedy to continue going after a dream.

Jamie Johnson was paralyzed from the neck down July 2.  His family was traveling back from Myrtle Beach, when the car they were riding was hit by a large truck in North Carolina.  Johnson's wife was killed.

Before the accident he was a student at Miller-Motte Technical College in Lynchburg, training to work in health care.  Thursday, Miller-Motte awarded Johnson an honorary healthcare assistant degree.

"It feels great," Johnson told WDBJ7.  "After what happened I never thought I would get to finish.  I knew eventually I would be back, I just didn't know when."

Johnson hopes to one day return to school and get certified to be a medical lab technician.