Just two years ago, Chris Heitzman was a rising star on his high school football team. He was so good that he even earned a college scholarship. Then in July 2012, right after his graduation, Heitzman got in a car accident that left him severely injured and wheelchair bound.
So when he showed up at his alma mater's spring scrimmage, no one – not even his parents – expected to see Heitzman take the field. Watch the video above to see the amazing surprise that Heitzman, his little brother and his former football coach planned.
His mother couldn't hold back the tears as she watched her son cross the goal line. ""I think it's just astounding how far he's come," she said. "He works so hard, every, single day. I never thought he'd survive the night of his accident. And now to see him here, it's just a miracle."
Forty years older and thousands of miles away, a man with a similar story is also inspiring others.
64-year-old golfer Dennis Walters, also suffering from a debilitating injury, says it's just a matter of hard work and determination.
Dennis Walters knows all about overcoming obstacles. The 64-year-old was paralyzed 40 years ago but hasn't let that hold his golf game back. VPC
"Almost anything can be accomplished with practice," Walters says with a smile.
Forty years ago, Walters was paralyzed when his golf cart flipped over. But he never stopped playing the game. Strapped against the cart with his legs propped up under him, Walters dazzles audiences across the country with his incredible trick shots. Check out the video to see Walters smack a golf ball with a cell phone!
"There's a point to it," says Walters. "In every single one of these 3,000 shows I challenge every person in the audience to do something in their life that perhaps they think is impossible."
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