A split-second transformation
As Don Blackwell made his way onstage at this year’s…
News On 6 in Tulsa, Okla., reports:
A matter of seconds changed Sterling Thomas’ life forever. It came when the freshman was making a tackle for Lindenwood University.
“I can only remember what led up to the hit,” Thomas said. “And the next thing I remember I’m in an ambulance on my way to the hospital.”
Sterling fractured his C5 vertebrae in his spinal cord. It left him paralyzed from the waist down.
The intensity he used to put into football during his time at Union High School now goes into rehabbing his injury.
“I just know that I’ve been through pain, and I’ve gotten tired, and I’ve gotten weak before, and I felt like I couldn’t do something, but I’ve always tried to push through,” Sterling said. “God’s just really been loving me and lifting me up and giving me the mindset that I can get it done.”
“I don’t know how people could get through it without their faith,” Sharon said. “I mean, who would you hold on to? I pray all during the day. I used to pray a lot before, but even more so now. That’s what gets me out of bed, having my faith, and knowing that God is with us.”
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Thomas and his family attend the Crosstown Church of Christ in Tulsa.
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