'The Power to Stand'

Luther College Student Activities Council presents Luther Alumnus Chris Norton Feb. 28

Chris Norton, Luther College class of 2015, will give the presentation "The Power to Stand" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. Norton inspires audiences as he shares life lessons he's learned after suffering a spinal cord injury while playing college football and being given a three percent chance of regaining movement below his neck.

Tickets for the event are $5 and may be purchased online at tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected], open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

After four years of intense training, Norton proved he could beat the odds and celebrated by proudly walking across the graduation stage at Luther to receive his diploma. His accomplishment made news worldwide and was watched by tens of millions around the globe. His story has been shared on several national network programs, including ABC Evening News, NBC Nightly News, FOX & Friends and the CBS Early Show.

In addition to being featured on a number of television outlets, Norton has also completed speaking engagements with notable clients such as Culver's, Iowa State University, John Deere, NCAA, TEDx and the University of Iowa.

Norton has received praise from past clients such as Mark Emmert, president of NCAA, who said, "To hear Chris' story of inspiration, perseverance and faith and how he was able to rise above extraordinary odds – to be as successful as he is today – is quite amazing. He left my staff feeling so good about what they do and why they do it."

Since showing he can overcome adversity, Norton has been on a quest to pay it forward by sharing his story and creating a nonprofit organization to improve the quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and other neuromuscular deficiencies. The SCI CAN Foundation was founded by Norton in 2012, and has since raised more than $500,000 in funds benefiting SCI patients.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150 Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

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