There has been a tremendous amount of positive news circulating throughout the paralysis community over the past week. Stories ranging from paralyzed athletes learning how to walk again to a paralyzed woman ascending Mount Kilimanjaro to a paralyzed man implanted with electrical implants in his legs to help him stand and walk. I have posted several of these stories to my Facebook page and continue to come across inspiring stories every day of paralyzed people overcoming insurmountable obstacles.
However, it is also important to recognize all the paralyzed people who continue to fight and live on every day even if their stories aren’t making headlines in the news. Several of us had severe injuries that make it a challenge just to breathe on our own, or swallow, or tolerate sitting upright for long periods of time. While these triumphs may not seem like newsworthy events to the rest of the world, they are constant reminders and milestones of our determination to fight on!
As many of you know, I often speak about several remarkable people I have met who continue to fight and defy the odds every day. These are normal people whose lives were abruptly altered forever and have made the choice to accept their situations and keep persevering! I often speak to these families and individuals and am always grateful to do so. A few days ago I posted a link of my friend, Alexandria Reese, and her remarkable story of recovery and incredible path she finds herself on. Today I wanted to share a video of my good buddy, Alex Malarkey, and his remarkable journey.
Alex is an amazing young man was injured in a horrible car accident when he was just a boy. He recently celebrated his 13th birthday — a birthday that many doctors and medical experts never expected him to reach. The strength and resilience this kid has shown constantly inspires me and reminds me what true faith looks like. His mother put this video clip together as a birthday present for Alex, but after watching it, I felt like I was the one who received the gift that is Alex. I am sure after watching it you will feel the same way.
You may want to have a box of tissues close at hand as you witness the incredible journey this brave, young man has endured these past several years. Thank you, Alex, for your continued to fight and amazing spirit!
Thank you everyone for your continued prayers and support! Stand strong!