Chris was hit head on by a drunk driver at 7 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2005 on his way to work. He was instantly paralyzed from the neck down, was pronounced dead at the scene, revived and pronounced dead in the helicopter on the way to the hospital. Many more times he came very close to dying and had to be revived. Chris underwent 18 surgeries over the next few months. He could not breathe on his own, speak, swallow, feel, or move. Throughout it all he had faith and peace and hope. Chris has never been angry or depressed. He has come a long way in the last year and nine months. He received help from many doctors, therapists, friends, and above all his wife Brenda, who is his 24/7 caretaker and a hero herself. His days are full, with almost everything being done for him. He is able to move his arm and hands some. He now has a voice activated computer and will soon have a voice activated phone. Chris is a spokesman for MADD. He speaks to people who have been convicted of drunk driving. He makes an impression on these folks, just as he does on everyone who has the privilege of meeting him.
We go to his house to help Chris, yet we are the ones that are blessed. He is an inspiration and a hero. He appreciates every little thing anyone does for him and never, ever fails to say thank you. He is totally at peace, even after all he's been through and the tough times he still has. I am proud to know and be a friend of this incredible man.
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