Overcoming the odds

After being paralyzed in a freak accident last year, Alissa Grimmes achieved her dream to walk down the aisle at her wedding.

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Alissa Grimmes has had one goal over the past year and a half, and it’s a goal that most take for granted: To walk down the aisle at her wedding.

“It’s like I have met every goal since the accident and this is my last one, and I did it, so it has been really good,” Alissa said.

“She has determination. So whatever she sets her mind at, she does not want anything electronic or anything that helps her, she wants to do it all on her own,” said her dad, James Boyle.

Alissa Grimmes was involved in a horrific accident in February of 2012 when she and a friend stopped on Interstate 70 in Pennsylvania to help a disabled vehicle. When they got out of the car, an oncoming semi-truck barreled towards them, so they jumped off an overpass. It was a jump that left Alissa paralyzed.

“It has not been easy. But I just take it a day at a time and I’m here,” said Alissa.

“She is like half prisoner to herself. But the whole process, it just takes a lot of willpower and you cannot quit. But if you want something you can achieve it. But the whole process takes a lot of drive and determination,” said her husband, Nathan Grimmes.

Determination is something Alissa has a lot of and she was able to show that to everyone by walking down the aisle to her husband and dancing with him and her dad. But she does not want it to end there.

“Probably to walk without braces, that is my next thing,” said Alissa.

Expenses for the wedding were helped by Jamie’s Dream Team, an organization whose mission is to lift the spirits of those suffering from, and ease the burden caused by, serious illness, injury, disability or trauma. The Grimmes will be heading on a honeymoon before moving to Florida.

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