Dan Cummings was only 19 years old when his life changed forever. He
broke his neck in an accident that left him paralyzed from the chest
down. The doctors diagnosed him as quadriplegic and told him that he
would never be able to walk again. Instead of accepting their opinion as
truth, he was determined to beat the odds and regain his ability to
He went to physical therapy for 3 years without any remarkable
progress. His insurance refused to pay for more. But he refused to give
up. He moved to California so he could take part in a much more
intensive rehabilitation program called Project Walk, which uses
innovative therapies to help patients with spinal cord injuries regain
and improve motor skills. After 4 years of hard work, he proved the
doctors wrong- with the help of a walker, he could walk again.
He decided to dedicate his life towards helping others who have also
suffered spinal cord injuries. He founded a physical rehabilitation
center called Journey Forward to support other patients with spinal cord
injuries. And then, 10 years after he got injured, he managed to walk a
mile in support of the center, raising $75 000 for the organization.
This was all made possible by his remarkable drive and determination to
never give up.