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SCI CAN Foundation

Through tragedy, Chris Norton and his family have created something extraordinary. The SCI CAN Foundation, founded in 2012 by the Norton family, was inspired by an injury Chris sustained in a football game in 2010 after which he was given only a 3 percent chance of ever regaining any movement below his neck.

Today, Chris is defying odds every chance he gets, recently walking with little assistance across the stage for his college graduation. His Foundation has donated more than $275,000 to rehabilitation and research programs around the Midwest, including donations to On With Life for the purchase of a Biodex Balancing System, a walking track system, and most recently, a $20,000 donation for the purchase of outdoor therapy equipment. The equipment will be used in On With Life's new outdoor therapeutic gardens and will give individuals a chance to get outside and enjoy nature, something that really resonated with the Norton family.

"We know from our own personal experiences that at times outdoor sports and activities can be limited for people with disabilities, and spending so much time inside can get wearing," said Terry Norton, president of SCI CAN Foundation and Chris's father. "Having the opportunity to not only be outside, but to be doing therapy outside is a tremendous concept." 

According to Terry, access to equipment is vital. "Everyone should have the opportunity to improve function and quality of life to their fullest potential and only be limited by the severity of their injury and not by lack of access or equipment," he said. 

To learn more about the SCI CAN Foundation and how you can help support their mission, visit