on a night when we sure needed one. A young man who survived that horrific shooting spree at a movie theater in aurora, colorado, and the vow he made when I first met him in that hospital room. We... See More
on a night when we sure needed one. A young man who survived that horrific shooting spree at a movie theater in aurora, colorado, and the vow he made when I first met him in that hospital room. We will never forget the young man we met after the aurora massacre, after being given access to the intensive care unit there. Allowed to visit stephen barton, shot in the neck, in the arm, in the face. Steve. Hey, how it's going? Reporter: How are you? The syracuse university graduate had just given his commencement address and was biking across country. Stopping in aurora to see a movie. At that speech he gave while graduating, he was holding his camera, talking about the power of an image to remember life's most powerful moments. Capturing the most meaningful moments of my life. Reporter: In fact, on that fateful night, he took a photo of his movie ticket and posted it. And now we see this -- yeah. Reporter: -- Which is an -- it's an image of survival. Yeah. Definitely. I'm very, I'm very glad. I feel very blessed. Reporter: Blessed, he told me, to have survived the shots to his neck. He showed me the wounds. Too many to count. And while we were there, we learned he was about to be moved from intensive care. I have these very long scars now that are going to be on my neck. And I'm kind of like, I kind of like that, because every morning, you know, I can look in the mirror and see thosecars and be reminded, you know, like, you know, you have to -- you have to live life to the fullest. Reporter: He's going to get out of the icu soon, maybe? Yeah, I think so. I think so. Reporter: Is he supposed to hear that? Well, he's probably already heard that. Reporter: He's got his bike right outside the door. He told me he would finish that bike trip one day, after getting out of that hospital, though, he was also determined to spread the word of gun violence. I was shot. Shot in the face and neck. But I was lucky. In the next four years, 48,000 americans won't be so lucky. Ask yourself -- who has a plan to stop gun violence? Reporter: And tonight, the final part of his plan. Back on that bike, back in aurora to finish the trip with his friend, ethan, both having survived that horror. It's a huge sense of closure. I'm excited to get on the road and just, I guess, leave the town behind and head west. I can't wait to ride over the golden gate bridge. I can't wait to see the pacific ocean. That's going to be a huge piece of closure. Reporter: Tonight, finishing his trip, just as determined as he was with me in that hospital room. When are you getting back on the bike? That's a great question. We've got about 1,200 miles left. So, I think we're probably going to finish this trip, you know, another summer. We're definitely going to finish it. So great to see stephen back on that bike. He's using the final part of his trip to raise money for survivors of the shootings with the most serious life-long injuries.
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