These kids raised money for an injured stranger, one year (and one miracle) later he thanks them

This is beautiful.

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  • 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.

  • Ok Team Hinton the #Besomeone'sJoshHinton bands are on the way to Josh Hinton's house. 2483 N Mountain Glen Rd. ...

    Posted by Roger Blaser on Thursday, September 24, 2015
  • He was one of the only male ballerinas at his high school, participated in ballroom dance, ran various races and was very socially active.

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  • 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.

  • Beautiful people!

    Posted by Jenifer Hinton on Sunday, October 4, 2015
  • 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.

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  • 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 is walking again today at Nueroworx! They have walked him 3 times since we started here and each time they are...

    Posted by Jenifer Hinton on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
  • 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.

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  • Josh on the morning radio show󾌰

    Posted by Jenifer Hinton on Tuesday, December 8, 2015
  • 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.

  • Last year while we were at Craig hospital, These 4 great kids gave up presents on their birthday and asked for donations...

    Posted by Jenifer Hinton on Friday, October 28, 2016
  • 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.

  • 11 months ago today Josh woke up early, jumped out of bed, went on a shorter run than normal, only 3 miles. He said, had...

    Posted by Jenifer Hinton on Friday, July 29, 2016
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Stacie Simpson is a FamilyShare staff writer. She loves listening to, gathering and sharing stories and advice to help others improve their quality of life. She spends most of her free time with her husband, ballroom dancing, reading and writing.

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