Paralyzed Groom Who Miraculously Walked Down Aisle At His Wedding Has Adopted 5 Girls With His Wife
It was Majical – Seven years after being paralyzed, Chris Norton walked seven yards down the aisle with then-fiancée Emily by his side in April 2018, and the moment captured people’s hearts.
In a new book, The Seven Longest Yards, Chris, 27 and Emily, 26, chronicle the highs and lows of their extraordinary journey, from Chris’ spinal injury to married life with five adopted daughters.
“The seven yards comes from my goal to walk Emily seven yards down the aisle on our wedding, to do it side by side, and it took seven years in the making,” Norton said. “All the way from spinal cord injury to that wedding day.”
After suffering a devastating injury during a high school football game in 2010, Norton was told he’d never walk again. But when he met Emily, she inspired him to get stronger, helping him walk at his college graduation and on their wedding day in 2018.
But as well as their triumphs, the Iowa couple admits there have been serious struggles, too.
“I really went through a dark depression,” Emily said. “I struggled with anxiety and I slowly just started losing myself. … To be able to just admit that I need help … that was something that I had never been able to do.”
Now, the couple has decided to start a family in their own way: by fostering and adopting.
“We know the need,” Emily said. “So we just look at it like we’re in this position to give love, to give them a family and help them know they’re not alone.”
“We were able to grow our family this year, which was really special, and make it just official that they are our daughters forever,” says Emily. “It’s been an absolute joy to be able to be there for these kids, through hard times, through good times.”
Chris adds: “We went into it thinking that we would be the blessing to these kids, but they’re the blessing to us.”