A Paralyzed Man’s Impossible Dream

In 2007, Mark Stephan was a successful businessman, an avid marathoner, and a two-time Iron Man triathlete when a bicycle accident left him a quadriplegic, unable to use his arms and legs for the rest of his life. Doctors told him he would never walk or bike again. Mark Stephan, however, had other ideas.

On the “Today Show,” Christopher Award-winning producer Mike Leonard recently profiled Stephan and his “impossible” accomplishment of biking 3,129-miles across the United States to support the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s new Research Hospital. Watch the video below and learn something about the power of determination.

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About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.