An incredible new video shows one man’s miraculous journey after being paralyzed


One year down💪💪💪 www.youtube.com


A year ago, Brian Kidwell suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. He faced a situation that could easily break the spirits of even the strongest person.

Catastrophic injuries not only take an impossible toll on the body, but Kidwell and his family turned to GoFundMe to help raise funds to pay for his expensive medical bills.

But with even a slight chance to turn the corner, Kidwell stayed the course with the help of his girlfriend, family and friends. Over the course of the next 12 months he began the slow, painful and challenging journey back from his injury.


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A year later, Kidwell was walking and even married his girlfriend. And it turned out she had a gift of her own: She had been quietly documenting his recovery process which she turned into an unbelievably inspiring 6 minute video. Writing on his YouTube page, Kidwell explained:

Last year I suffered a serious spinal cord injury which left me paralyzed from the neck down. Yesterday was my one year anniversary. My wife surprised me with this video: 'One year ago today, I almost lost you. You got a second chance at life. Here's my gift to you'
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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.