Determined and committed to proving the doctors wrong, Chris put all of his energy into recovery. Much of his early rehabilitation was at The Mayo Clinic, where his mobility went from on the day of his injury being was numb from the neck down, to after a few days he could twitch one shoulder, then gradually able to curl his toes. Five years after the fracture, in May 2015, Norton — with the assistance of Emily Summers, his then-fiancé — walked across the Luther College stage to accept his college diploma, and over 7+ years of grinding work, Chris blew away everyone's expectations.
"The goal is always to be able to walk, but if that doesn't happen, I'm completely happy the way I am," Norton said. "I want to be a good husband and take care of these kids and work hard. Walking isn't my only focus anymore."
After graduation, Chris and Emily relocated to Detroit and then to Port St. Lucie, Florida to keep working with trainers to improve his mobility. Close to 3 years later, in April 2018, Chris made another life-changing walk. This time it was down the aisle as he wed Emily in a gorgeous ceremony in Jupiter, Florida.
In the past year, Chris & Emily have adopted five amazing girls, a 20 year old plus a sibling group of four sisters ages 9, 8, 5, & 3, and have fostered a total of 17 children. They are both deeply committed to providing a safe, loving home for children in need. In late December 2018, they were fostering a 3-year old, and were approached about fostering a group of four siblings. The only way they would be approved for the placement was to buy a bigger vehicle. So, without hesitation, they purchased a “new” used vehicle that would fit everyone.
They are truly a remarkable couple, who positively impact those around them. Their beautiful story once again captured the heart of the world, with coverage ranging from nearly all of the top-tier U.S. media outlets to media in Germany, Italy, London and more.