"Mom, you are my hero," he tells her after she's died. "Everything I am, everything I hoped to be was cause of you. You loved me so much, you gave me a life. You worked two jobs. You're the only one who ever believed in me."
"I gave up everything I dreamt about as a little boy because of who I chose to surround myself with," Mero tells the packed auditorium.
"My whole life was about being rich and famous. That's all I cared about. I had to win the race." But Mero warns, "Life is not about winning the race. Life is about finishing the race, and how many people we can help finish this race, how we can start being kinder to each other, how we can help the students who are going through adversity right now."
It's clear that Mero's speech has a profound impact on the students he speaks to, and reminds us all to think about our actions and interactions everyday.
Marc Mero is the founder of the non-profit organization Champion of Choices, Inc., the author of "How to be the Happiest Person on the Planet," and has appeared on national television, in addition to being a former WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion.