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At just 17 years old, Stevie Beale was paralyzed from the waist down in a tragic car crash that killed the car's driver — and Beale's best friend — Charlie.
“[After the accident] I thought I was doomed to my parents' house, to never have a boyfriend or never get married,” Beale told Today.com. “I thought I was going to sit at home and rot away.”
But after the accident, the Toledo, Ohio bride vowed to walk down the aisle on her wedding day, no matter what. And this weekend, the 24 year old did just that. With the help of a walker, Beale ambled down the aisle, a huge smile on her face, toward her groom, Jared VanAusdale.
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VanAusdale told Today.com, "I was trying not to bawl like a baby in front of 300 people. Seeing her on the walker, reaching that goal that she swore she was going to hit, is something I will never forget."
In 2010, Rachelle Friedman Chapman was dubbed the "Paralyzed Bride" after a freak accident at her bachelorette party paralyzed her from the chest down. Chapman was unable to walk down the aisle at her 2011 wedding -- her father pushed her in a wheelchair -- but she spoke out in 2013 about life post-accident and offered some inspiring insights into her life, noting that she is still able to have children and would like to do so. "The spinal cord controls muscles so everything else is in working order. Once we get financially straight we are going to have one."
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