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SEVEN YARDS: Chris Norton walks down aisle with bride

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Chris Norton was once told he had a three percent chance of ever moving his arms and legs again, good thing the eastern Iowa athlete didn't listen to what doctors told him.

Norton was paralyzed from the neck down while playing football for Luther College in 2010. Since then, he has walked across the stage at graduation and now he has walked down the aisle.

About a year ago Chris and his then fiancee Emily, decided they wanted to walk down the aisle together at their wedding. They started training, walking side-by-side. Emily says she normally walks in front of Chris because it's easier to support him that way, but their goal was to walk side-by-side.

"Every single night before bed we started walking to bed side-by-side," said Emily Norton, Chris's wife. "The very first time we ever tried it Chris couldn't even take one step...he was so frustrated, he's like, 'just put me in bed, this is too much'."

After countless hours of training, it was April 21st, their wedding day, and the beaming couple journeyed down the aisle together.

"We were able to walk seven yards together, which we had no idea if we were going to be able to do that or not just a year ago when I could barely take a step, but thankfully we made it happen," said Chris Norton.

The accident that paralyzed Chris happened seven years ago.

"After that moment my life was flipped upside down," said Norton. "One of my biggest question marks was, will I walk again and will I find the girl of my dreams, will I find love?"

A few years after his accident, Chris met Emily and they've been walking through life together ever since.

"I am so thankful that God chose him to be my husband and we get to spend the rest of our lives together," said Emily. "The wedding walk was just like the first steps we were able to take as a couple and it's just the beginning."

Chris says he wouldn't change a thing.

"I've never been happier then I am right now," said Chris. "I don't need the physical ability to walk independently to live a great life, you can love life exactly where you are."

You can watch the inspiring video of Chris and Emily walking down the aisle at People.com or by CLICKING HERE. You can also read the entire story People wrote on Chris and Emily.

The couple has five foster children and plan on continuing to be foster parents. Chris says he is not sure what his next physical goal will be, but he will continue to motivate people so they too can stand up after a set back.    

To read more Chris Norton's story, the new issue of People hits newsstands nationwide today.
 

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