OKLAHOMA – An Oklahoma man defies the odds and regains use of his paralyzed body.
Ten years ago, Jeff Minor was critically injured in a motorcycle accident.
His dreams of motocross fame were fractured in an instant.
At the time, the Oklahoma teenager suffered a broken neck and was not expected to ever walk again.
“They told me I had a spinal cord injury and I might not ever walk again,” said Jeff. “I was scared, but determined to live a positive, happy life. I wasn’t going to let it hold me back.”
Family and friends rallied around Jeff, praying for a miracle.
Slowly he began regaining use of his paralyzed body.
Jeff walked, unassisted, out of the hospital.
Nearly a decade later, he is doing everything in his power to help other spinal cord victims.
“I think I broke my neck for a reason. I’ve been through this injury for a reason,” said Jeff. “I feel like this is an opportunity to use my story to help aide in spinal cord injury research.”
Though his steps are still a little awkward, and his legs are still a little numb, Jeff was able to compete in the “Wings For Life World Run.”
“I can’t call myself a runner at all. I can’t call myself a runner, but I am happy and honored to participate,” he said.
“Wings For Life World Run” is a race for amateurs and professional athletes who help raise money for research projects aimed at healing spinal cord injuries.
No longer racing motorcycles, Jeff is living for a new purpose.
“I want everyone to have the opportunity to walk,” he said.
Jeff walks by faith, knowing nothing is impossible.