Paralyzed three times, yet determined to walk the Boston Marathon. Meet the amazing Thomas Smith
Thomas Smith, a former hockey player, has been through some challenging times. Smith has been paralyzed three times, and he has worked to overcome his disability in every possible way.
Now he has set a new goal – to walk 26.2 miles at the Boston Marathon on 16 April. He is walking to raise money for the rehab facility Journey Forward. This is the NGO that helped him regain his ability to stand and walk.
Smith was paralyzed for the first time in 2008 after he met with a collision on the ice. This caused severe injuries to his neck and brain.
After months in rehab, Smith was able to get up and walk. That is when he tangled up with a teammate while playing hockey. Smith injured his spine and this led to the second attack. This time, the rehab sessions were much harder.
But Smith refused to give up. He was able to stand and walk with the help of a walker. Then he met with another accident that left him paralyzed.
Smith says that his disability will never become a barrier to achieving things. He is confident that he is going to be the first to finish the Boston Marathon.
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