Overcoming adversity

Overcoming adversity
Iowan Chris Norton shared his story of triumph over adversity during Iowa Farm Bureau's annual meeting last month in Des Moines. PHOTO Gary Fandel

Iowa Farm Bureau’s foc­us on “People. Progress. Pride.” aligns perfectly with the road to recovery and success spelled out by Chris Norton during his keynote address to the organization’s 101st annual meeting last month in Des Moines.

Norton, a football standout for Luther College in Decorah, experienced a devastating spinal cord injury on the field that left him paralyzed from the neck down. But he refused to listen to experts who told him he’d never walk again.

Instead, Norton walked acr­oss the stage ...

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