By Marc Lutz 

Pastor credits strong spiritual walk for running after being quadriplegic

 

September 9, 2021

Marc Lutz/ Wrangell Sentinel

Brad Traxler, 61, is preparing for a 50-mile run in Florida on Dec. 1, a decade from when doctors told him he would never walk again after a car accident. The Wrangell pastor trained last Sunday, running the loop trail at Volunteer Park.

Brad Traxler is a walking miracle. One could go a step further and say he's a running miracle, literally.

Ten years ago, at age 51, Traxler was in an auto collision near Belle Fourche, South Dakota, breaking his neck which left him a quadriplegic. Now, at 61, he's training to finish a 50-mile run in Daytona Beach, Florida.

His doctors doubted Traxler would ever walk again.

"They felt that if I ever walked again, it would only be with assistance," Traxler said. "Actually, in rehab, they figured that if they could get me to the point where I could get from my bed to the wheelchair on a slide...



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