Josh Hinton was ready to start his first year of college when a freak bounce house accident left him with a life-threatening injury. A quick surgery saved his life, but he was paralyzed from the neck down, possibly for life. Josh was known for his athleticism, dancing and positive attitude.
He was one of the only male ballerinas at his high school, participated in ballroom dance, ran various races and was very socially active.
A Facebook group, Team Hinton, was created to update friends and family about Josh's condition, but it quickly became a source of inspiration for anyone who followed the page. One story in particular touched hundreds of people.
Four children, who never met Josh, planned on celebrating their birthday's together. Instead of asking for presents, they ask their friends to donate money to Josh.
They raised over $400.
Josh was transported to Craigs Hospital in Colorado to receive treatment for his injuries. The doctors were amazed as Josh miraculously started to get movement back in his arms and hands. Everyone was hopeful that with time Josh would walk again.
Months of constant therapy continued as Josh put all of his effort into healing.
Josh's family kept the world updated on Josh's progress through frequent videos of Josh's therapy sessions. His mom posted videos featuring Josh explaining how he felt and how he continued to hope for a full recovery.
When Josh is asked, he participates in motivational speaking. He speaks to teenagers from his church, to dancers, to boy scouts, on the radio and, of course, Facebook.
A year after his accident, he visited the four children he had never met to thank them for their birthday party they held in his honor.
Josh's therapists still believe he will walk again, but in the meantime, Josh continues to bring a smile to the faces of family, friends and strangers alike. Although he hasn't gained back his ability to walk, Josh decided to begin college this year, which proves he has control of his life, even when his path unexpectedly changed.