Love has the power to conquer many things and for one couple, it brought them an incredibly joyful moment. When one young man became completely paralyzed, he thought his life was completely over. However, thanks to the love of one woman his entire life would once again make sense. You won’t believe the miracle that occurred on the day of this couple’s wedding.
20. Life Changed
Chris Norton had only been in college for six weeks when an event occurred that would change his life forever. Norton was a football player on the college team and was excited to begin playing. However, his football days were cut short due to a tragic accident.
19. Tragic Accident
Just six weeks into college, Norton was involved in a tragic collision on the football field. Chris suffered a serious spinal cord injury that wasn’t repairable. The accident left the young man completely paralyzed from the neck down.
18. 3% Chance
Doctors at the hospital soon broke the terrible news to him. There was only a 3% chance that Chris would ever walk again. It was one of the harshest truths that he ever had to hear.
17. Unplanned For
“At that point, I just lost it,” Chris admitted, “I was completely scared for my future because up until this point, as an 18-year-old, my life went according to plan. Everything was working out for me. For me, this was not part of the plan.”
16. Upside Down
Chris felt like his world had just been turned upside down. He was worried about his future and he was also worried that he would never find true love. After all, he figured that no one could ever love a man who was bound to a wheelchair.
15. Three Years Later
Three years after the accident, however, Chris met a beautiful young woman by the name of Emily. The two of them immediately clicked and Chris knew that she was going to be the love of his life. It seems that Emily also felt the exact same way.
14. Looking Past
“For someone to look past my injury and my physical challenges, and instantly I knew, Emily, she didn’t see that — she saw me for who I was, and I instantly had a connection with her.” Finally, it was time for Chris to stop focusing on what he couldn’t do and to be grateful for what he could.
13. Physical Therapy
Every day, Chris went to physical therapy and exercise and was persistent. Throughout each day, Emily was right there by his side. Her constant reassurance was a great push for the young man.
The two continued to date and fall further in love. Then, the night before their college graduation, Chris proposed to Emily. Emily was stunned and so happy that she could hardly contain her excitement!
11. Wedding Day
Finally, the couple’s wedding day had come and all of their friends and family had gathered to share the special moment. However, none of the guests could have guessed the surprise that Emily and Chris had waiting for them. It was a shock that no one would have ever seen coming!
10. Walking Down
Moments after the pair had been pronounced husband and wife, Chris and Emily kissed one another. Then Chris got up and walked seven yards down the aisle next to Emily. The two of them walked arm in arm as everyone stared in shock!
9. Special Moment
“When I walked with Emily at the wedding, it was such a special moment to share with her and to know that we did this together. It wasn’t just me, or her, but we did this together, and how powerful love can be and how far love can carry you in life and to know that we’ll have each other going forth until we pass.”
8. So Much Joy
“Life has never been easier, and I know that’s crazy, but when you find something that you love so much, it just doesn’t seem like work, and it brings us so much joy, and it’s incredible to see the power of love,” Emily explained.
7. Sense of Peace
“I just remember feeling a sense of peace that I knew that if I had Chris, that no matter what I went through in life, that I was going to be OK,” Emily continued. It is amazing what having the right person by your side can do for you.
6. Guests Shock
All of the guests were absolutely blown away by Chris and his walk down the aisle. It had been so unexpected and most of the guests didn’t even know about the daily physical therapy. It was a moment that no one would ever forget.
5. Perfect Wedding
Chris and Emily went on to enjoy an absolutely perfect wedding. The two of them were so happy to have found love and peace in one another. After all, it is so rare to find a love so precious and uplifting.
4. Foster Parents
Now, as a married couple, Emily and Chris have become foster parents to five children. All of the children are under 8-years-old and the couple is so happy to be able to bring love and security to the kid’s lives. They are truly an inspiration to us all.
3. A Book
The couple is now also working on a book in collaboration with a documentary movie,“Seven Yards.” The couple hopes that by sharing their wonderful story that they can help inspire others going through life’s hardships.
2. Motivational Speaker
Chris has also taken on the role of motivational speaker. His motto is “turn your mess into a message.” He hopes that his words can help to inspire others going through similar situations as him.
1. Love’s Power
It is only through the power of love that these two were able to overcome so many obstacles that life had thrown their way. They are both so grateful and happy to have met one another.