BONDURANT, Iowa - After successfully walking at his graduation ceremony, Chris Norton has become an inspiration for Central Iowa and beyond. Now, he's taking his story to schools across the Metro.
Norton, who suffered a spinal injury in 2010 while playing football at Luther College, was told he had a three percent chance of walking again. Through hard work and rehabilitation, Norton walked the stage at his graduation ceremony last May with the help of his fiancee, receiving his diploma in-hand. Now, with a book set to his shelves this fall, Norton is making the rounds to schools in the Metro to inspire students to "stand up" to their own problems in life.
Thursday, Norton made his 11th stop this week at Bondurant-Farrar Middle and High Schools - the schools he went to growing up. Sharing his story, Norton says he hopes he inspires youth to persevere through their own challenges.
"What really resonates with the kids is just being a little bit younger, and having the visual of my wheelchair; I think just seeing my problems, they can tell that I go through some real challenges," he said. "But if I can tell them that I have a great life; that there's so many things that I can do, then they can face and overcome any challenge they're going through, I think it's really encouraging and uplifting for them."