The Proof


After Cor'Rales woke up in the hospital and learned everyone had miraculously survived, he focused on getting better. He underwent ten surgeries, including the one on December 4, in which his left leg was amputated.


During surgery to repair an aneurysm, Robert’s abdomen began filling with blood. The surgeon quickly devised a plan to save him, but the solution left Robert’s legs useless. His choice was to live life in a wheelchair, or amputate his legs and use prosthetics.


After recovering from a stroke, Brenda underwent knee replacement surgery and struggled to walk again.


Spring break of his senior year of college, Joel developed a mild upper respiratory infection. Several days later, Joel was in a coma and completely paralyzed. He had contracted a rare form of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an illness in which the immune system attacks the nerves throughout the body.


Decades after completing cancer treatment, Robin discovered it wasn’t behind her just yet. The wife, mother, and triathlete sensed something wrong with the leg that had been treated years before. 


Bob was 73 years old when diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Slowly but surely, Bob began to notice the effects of Parkinson’s on his movement and balance.


In his junior year in high school, a freak accident during football practice injured Jacob’s left leg. Doctors were unsuccessful in repairing the damage to the artery and had to amputate above the knee.


Born with cerebral palsy, Cheryl started physical therapy very early in life. She learned to walk without assistance as a young child, but over time a series of ineffective surgeries, musculoskeletal issues, and balance problems reduced Cheryl’s ability to move independently.


A college senior, who played on the University of Richmond basketball team, Tracy dreamed of her future after graduation. A month before her final semester, Tracy was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her left leg.