Man fighting back after facing life in wheelchair

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM.

“I needed something like this before it happened,” Burkett said. “This was absolutely a walk-up call for me.”

And he is trying to find sense for others from the tragedy of similar circumstances.

There is the young man from the community who recently broke his neck in a freak accident.

Asked by his father to speak to the young man, Burkett did, telling him nothing will hold him back but his own will.

The father called last week to say the son had his best week of rehab – ever.

“I’m trying to give back what the community gave me,” Burkett said. “I can tell people things nobody else can tell them because I have been there.

“I am a walking miracle. You can’t give up and you can’t let people tell you what you can’t do. Every night I thank God I am laying down and every morning I am thanking God I am getting up.”

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