Josh Rivers was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.  In December 2010, while at the Great Alaskan Bush Company, a man started randomly shooting at various people for no apparent reason.  There was no altercation, no argument, no warning that the shooting was going to occur.

Josh was struck by three bullets, one of which, lodged in his spine and remains there today. “I knew what was going on and I just had to keep my eyes shut,” said Josh.  “I was just lying on the floor waiting for a sign that everything was safe.”

Josh survived that random shooting the sent bullets through his arms, chest and spine, but the bullet in his spine left him paralyzed from the waist down. Josh now spends his time learning a new reality in his wheel chair. If you just watch the video below, you can see the daily struggles Josh faces as he moves forward with his life.

I’m sure Josh had his share of pity parties in the beginning, but he has decided to use his incident to inspire others. Although doctors told him he will never walk again, he never gave up. He started doing research about his condition and found out about the Bioness, which is a device that might help him walk again someday. This device is designed for patients with spinal cord injuries and uses electrical stimulation to help people regain mobility. He wants to learn to walk in order to inspire others who have sustained similar injuries.

 “I’m hoping to be able to walk again. To the people who have experienced something like this, be thankful you are still alive. To the people who haven’t, just knmow that it can happen anywhere anytime and it can change your life in the blink of an eye,” Josh said.

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10/1/2013 05:41:27 pm

I’m hoping to be able to walk again.


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