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.
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.