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Paralyzed College Student Walks and Receives Diploma

You know the old saying: “You can do anything if you put your mind to it.” Well, that’s what Chris Norton has proved right.

While playing football for Luther College in 2010, Chris suffered a severe spinal cord injury. Doctors told him he had only a 3 percent chance of ever moving below the neck, which would mean very little chance of ever walking again.

Chris proved that 3 percent chance was all he needed, when during his graduation ceremony he did the impossible.

The day befor graduation, Chris proposed to his girlfriend Emily. (Screenshot/YouTube)
The day before graduation, Chris proposed to his girlfriend Emily. (Screenshot/YouTube)

With a little help from his fiancée Emily, he stood up from his wheelchair, walked across the stage, and received the diploma he had earned months before. The crowd was electric.

“My graduation walk was what I considered my game day or Olympic event,” the Luther College graduate told NBC News on Tuesday. “My full focus was to take the best steps I could possibly take, and not worry about the audience or anything else.”

Watch Chris take his first steps to receive his diploma:


Last winter after he had finished his classes, Chris and his fiancée moved to Michigan, where he began rehabilitation. He made a promise that he would walk across the stage and collect his diploma.

According to the Daily Mail, Chris said: “The energy in the room was really unbelievable, and it meant everything to have [Emily] there with me. It was the best weekend of my life. She’s the most incredible person I’ve ever met.”

Chris talks about how it felt to walk and receive his diploma:

Chris and Emily will return to Michigan where he will continue his rehab.

Chris is proof that with hard work, unwaveringly putting your mind to it, and faith, you can do anything.

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Wilma Oakes
When Wilma isn't eating delicious food, she's scouring the internet, and dreaming of what yummy foods she can make next. One of her dreams would be to eat her way through Italy and Japan, and also see the sights of course. Another passion she has is natural health. When she was young her mother was sick for years. When the doctors finally worked out what was wrong they put her on medication, but it wasn't making her any better. Her parents turned to natural health and changed their health and their lives. Wilma has been researching about natural health since she was 12 and is currently studying nutritional medicine. The most important thing in her life is her two beautiful children and husband. They are blessed with a girl and boy and are living the tropical lifestyle in sunny Queensland, Australia. In her opinion the best state in Australia.

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