Friday – 5/27/2011

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in BLOG | 20 Comments

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!

Scott

20 Comments

  1. Tina Kuhn
    September 16, 2013

    I am reading the book now and i found this video. I cried through the whole thing because it is so amazing that Alex had God by his side the whole time and got to experience something we only wish we could. He is a very gifted young man. God bless you and keep on moving on!!

  2. Mary
    January 19, 2013

    Have read book twice and just finished watching video – WHAT AN AMAZING GOD WE SERVE!!

  3. Bill Majeau
    July 9, 2012

    Thanks! I pray for Alex, his Mom, his family and all those who do not have such a great family. Keep telling this story please. There are no better films than these true ones, the greatest message from God I have witnessed because of your efforts. Thanks again, for sharing.

  4. Maria Paula
    June 2, 2012

    Estou orando por você, Alex! Soube que recentemente fez 14 anos, meus parabéns!

  5. Tina
    May 21, 2012

    I read the book and was so moved. My 8 year old daughter was so intrigued she read parts of the book, too. She wanted to know what Alex had experienced when he went to Heaven. I talk to her so much about God, Angels and what waits for us but I think it meant so much more coming from someone she could relate to age wise. Thank you for helping me with that.

  6. Shirley Wills
    May 1, 2012

    Wow! I read your book TWICE! and was so blessed by your amazing story. To God be the glory in all things! You are such a miracle and I will keep praying for your full recovery as He has promised. May God continue to bless you and your family. I will see you here, there or in the air!

  7. wendy
    April 2, 2012

    Having read your family’s story it has been so lovely to watch this video and see how God’s provision continues. What an inspiration to see you all clinging on to God in situations where you were humanly spent. Our God is awesome and then some. I live a long way away from you in the UK but look forward to a day when we may stand together and worship God in heaven…bring it on! :-)

  8. karen martin
    March 18, 2012

    DEAR ALEX’

  9. Beverly Oakes
    February 26, 2012

    Thank you do much for sharing this incredible young man’s journey. After reading the book, I just had to go online and find out more about this amazing child and his family. I am truly overcome with joy about Alex’s relationship with our Lord. He is so blessed and his faith and perseverance has given me encouragement and strength to face my own personal struggles and health issues. I will pray for Alex’s continued improvement! May God bless you and keep you safe.

  10. Sherry
    February 5, 2012

    Thanks Alex for sharing your story. You are an incredible young man. Your story has brought me so much closer to God. I lost my Mom 2 weeks ago and someone told me to your book. I am glad I did, because it has brought me peace knowning that my Mom is in Heaven with God. I just thank the Lord that my Mom was a Christian woman and brought us up in a christian home. Alex you keep going forward and loving God. Your story is an inspiration for everyone. God bless you and my prayers to you and your family.

  11. Jan Paskey
    January 22, 2012

    Scott, Thank you so much for this wonderful video. I received Alex’s book at Christmas, have been reading and have been on line to find out all I could about Alex and his family. Your video was a very special gift. My faith is being strengthened and I know God is being glorified by Alex and his family’s story. It shows so vividly how our loving Father cares for us and that He is as close to us as a prayer. Thank you for giving yourself and truly making a difference. I now am praying for you and your ministry. And to Alex, Kevin, Beth, Aaron, Gracie and Ryan, I have been praying for you since I began the book. Thank you for sharing your story and your lives with us.

  12. Ann Keis
    May 31, 2011

    What a remarkable story of courage, faith and dependance on God. Thanks for sharing. May God bless you
    Alex – you are a real trooper!!

  13. Karen and Wally Herman
    May 27, 2011

    What a wonderful story of Alex. The faith of everyone involved truly talks to my heart. The strength of Alex and his family are a true inspiration. I was blessed today by witnessing the strength of a family . The accident that came into their lives and all they have done to make it thru as a stronger family. I am so glad to share your journey of successes and others too. You weekly allow me in your life and share your struggles and strengths . Your faith is amazing. The music in this video is Superior. We loved it. We will continue to pray for all SCI patients and their recoveries. May we all help where we can and continue to join together in prayer . Thanks Scott.

  14. Donna Trunko
    May 27, 2011

    Thank you, Scott, for sharing. It is a powerful and beautiful story of faith in God and a wonderful boy. You were right about having the tissues nearby!

  15. Cindy Kitz
    May 27, 2011

    God IS faithful…thank you for introducing us to Alex and his family. What an inspiration he and YOU continue to be. Big hugs and lots of love, Scott!

  16. Christa
    May 27, 2011

    Thanks for sharing that video Scott. Both Alex and his mom seem like amazing people!

    With regards to the stories in the press lately, I also wanted to add that its important to recognize the people like you that take the time, and in some cases, even additional medical risks to continue to participate in research to benefit people with SCI. Behind each one of those stories are dozens of research studies that lead them to that specific milestone. Studies where the participants didn’t necessarily see any benefit themselves, but participated with the hope of improving the lives of others. All the research in the news couldn’t be at the level it is today without the countless hours of support and participation from the SCI community!

  17. Cherry Marsh
    May 27, 2011

    Dear Scott,
    What a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing this testimony of faith and hope.
    God is good!
    Love.
    Cherry

  18. Jean Krischan
    May 27, 2011

    Wow…thank you for sharing that incredible story. What an inspiration.

  19. Pat Brown
    May 27, 2011

    God Bless Alex and his Mom and Family. Our prayers continue. God is Good and His strength is beyond our imagination. Pat in Florida

  20. Jody
    May 27, 2011

    Beautiful message Scott. Thanks for sharing Alex’s story.

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