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Surfer Barney Miller Proves That The Life Of A Quadriplegic Doesn't Have To Be What They Tell You It Will Be

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Surfer Barney Miller can still surf, can still ride waves despite the use of his legs and limited use of his arms.

He's the epitome of inspiration, as he doesn't let his spinal cord injury hold him back!

While yes, there are some unfortunate people out there that literally can't do anything at all about what was dealt to them, despite their motivations and willpower. Those with disabilities where hard work and perseverance CAN breed hope, though… well, we definitely hope they watch the video (above)!

In fact, we hope everybody stops to watch and realize just how good life is!

Barney suffered a

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Quadriplegic Push Girls Star Scores Nordstrom Campaign

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Anything is possible.

Angela Rockwood, one of the breakout stars of Sundance Channel's Push Girls, is back on the modeling scene after a horrific car accident left her in a wheelchair 11 years ago.

The quadriplegic submitted her photos to an agency and was ultimately cast in a national campaign for Nordstrom.

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Video Footage Documents Man Surviving Skydiving Accident

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OMG!

Words can not express how terribly we feel for this skydiver who unknowingly filmed the accident which started his life as a quadriplegic.

During a routine jump amongst experienced friends, the man filming (identified as Tim in the footage) collides with a friend at 2,500 feet in the sky and tangles his parachute.

Unable to properly maneuver the mangled "ball of nylon", Tim plummets to the ground and breaks his pelvis, back and neck as he lands in a cornfield.

He not only details his traumatic experience on his YouTube page, but shares it took him four-and-a-half years to watch the harrowing footage, writing:

"As I lay waiting for help, spinal shock begins to set in paralyzing my diaphragm and breathing on my own becomes impossible. Rescue breathing is performed as I lose consciousness. Paramedics arrive and I'm med-flighted to UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin where I awake days later after surgery and begin life as a quadriplegic. It's taken me four and a half years to be able to watch this video."

The actual impact is (thankfully) cut from the video, but what remains is an inspirational display of courage.

His friends come to his aid and Tim (even after suffering life-threatening injuries) calmly instructs them how to properly care for him to ensure his survival until paramedics arrive.

Watch the jaw-dropping video above to see a man bravely face the reality of his awful situation as he fights for his life.

Tim, if you're reading this, you are our hero!

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Quadriplegic Man Controls Robotic Arm With His Mind

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This story gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase, "mind over matter", as well as new hope to the disabled population all over the world!

Tim Hemmes became the first man EVER to control a robotic arm with his mind this month, years after a nearly fatal motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

In a 30-day clinical trial of a program called "Revolutionizing Prosthetics", Tim had electrodes inserted into his brain that allowed him to control a robotic arm.

It wasn't an easy process, but by the end of it, he was able to give the scientists responsible for this breakthrough a high-five and even hold his girlfriends hand for the first time since since his accident.

"It wasn't my arm. It was something hydraulic and plastic and metal, but I put it there," he says of the triumph. "It was something very personal and something that I'll take with me for the rest of my life, ’cause I just reached out and grabbed somebody after seven years."

So touching! Check out the video above to hear the rest of Tim's inspiring story and to catch a glimpse of what the future may hold for all spinal chord patients!

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Meet One Of The Best Wheelchair Racers In America

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So inspiring!

Despite not having ANY core muscles and very little use of his triceps, quadriplegic wheelchair racer Scott Stokes has become the best American competitor in his division.

He wrestled, played football, and baseball throughout his childhood and dreamed of making into the pro's until a terrible fall left him with no use of his legs 13 years ago.

His dreams of professional baseball or football may have been crushed in the fall, but his passion for athletics led him to discover a new sport.

Wheelchair racing is unimaginably tough and Scott almost quit after the first time he pushed his wheels for a full mile, but he stuck with it and at 33-years-old, has become one of the best.

Check out the video above for a glimpse of Scott's incredible journey to overcome a disability and rise to the cream of the crop in his sport!

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