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Photo Credit: Chris Norton

Chris Norton, star of ‘7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story,’ defied odds following a spinal cord injury in college; featured on Good Morning America, Today Show, People magazine and more

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Good Shepherd Rehabilitation will welcome Chris Norton — a nationally known motivational speaker, documentary star and best-selling author — to its South Allentown campus on May 29 for an evening of inspiration that is open to the public.

At age 18, Chris suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury playing college football. Doctors gave him a 3% chance to ever move again. Chris defied the odds, walking the stage at graduation in a moment that went viral worldwide and then later walked his bride, Emily, 7 yards down the aisle at their wedding. Chris will share his message of inspiration and perseverance in this free community event.

“Life in a chair is only as limited as I believe it to be,” according to Chris.

Chris will provide a keynote speech, followed by a Q&A session and meet-and-greet with attendees afterward. 

While tickets are free, registration is required.

The event, titled “Boundless,” begins at 6:30 p.m., and will take place at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation’s South Allentown campus, 850 S. 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18103. Free, on-site parking is available. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. WFMZ-TV anchor and reporter Melanie Falcon will serve as special guest emcee for the evening.

To reserve tickets, visit or call 610.778.9208.

This is the second consecutive year Good Shepherd is hosting a free national speaker event in South Allentown. In 2023, All-American wrestler, MMA competitor and America’s Got Talent contestant Zion Clark drew more than 200 people for his talk, Q&A and meet-and-greet.

About Good Shepherd Rehabilitation

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, an independent, not-for-profit rehabilitation network with more than 60 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is committed to helping patients of all ages and abilities on their rehabilitation journey. Headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Good Shepherd specializes in treatment of spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, amputation, major multi-trauma, pulmonary disease, respiratory failure, musculoskeletal/orthopedics and complex pediatric conditions. Good Shepherd also partners with Penn Medicine to provide rehabilitation and specialty services in the greater Philadelphia area and New Jersey through Good Shepherd Penn Partners. Info:


Mike Walbert
Director, Marketing
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation + Good Shepherd Penn Partners