Two Dates and a Dash Podcast

Two Dates and a Dash Episode 6: From Paralysis to Walking with Brock Mealer

Episode Summary

Brock Mealer grew up in Wauseon, Ohio, and graduated high school in 2003. He went on to receive his undergraduate at Ohio State University. Brock spent much of his time working at a family construction company, but also enjoyed playing basketball, flying airplanes, and being with family. A tragic car accident on Christmas Eve 2007, in which a 90 year old man ran a stop sign, left Brock paralyzed from the waist down and took the lives of his father and brother's girlfriend, Hollis. He was told by the doctors that he only had a 1% chance of ever walking again. He has persevered through this situation by clinging to faith, and relying on God. Brock started rehabbing with the physical therapists at the hospital for two years after the accident. After that period, Brock was only able to move his hip and quad muscles, which allowed him to walk with the aide of full leg braces and a walker. He was still far from where he wanted to be, and God had a new opportunity awaiting him. Brock's brother, Elliott, played for the University of Michigan football team, allowing Brock to connect with their coaching staff who had offered to work out with him since the accident. After insurance had run out for rehab, he started rigorous workouts with Mike Barwis and the rest of the football strength and conditioning staff at the University of Michigan. Since then he has learned to walk with two canes, and in fall of 2010, Brock completed his goal of leading the Michigan Wolverines onto the field for their home opener accompanied with his mom, Elliott and oldest brother Blake. In December of 2012, he was able to stand at his wedding and walk down the aisle with his bride, Haley, without the assistance of canes. Currently, Brock and his wife are living in Wauseon Ohio, and has plans to help others in their own journey through life's challenges. He continues to work out so he continues to improve, as well as, share his faith, and motivate others to strive for their goals. He has since been able to walk without assistance of any kind, walking up to a half mile at a time. Join the 1% today, and face adversity head on. Brock's message is about persevering against overwhelming odds; no matter what the challenge is.

Episode Notes

Brock Mealer grew up in Wauseon, Ohio, and graduated high school in 2003. He went on to receive his undergraduate at Ohio State University. Brock spent much of his time working at a family construction company, but also enjoyed playing basketball, flying airplanes, and being with family.

A tragic car accident on Christmas Eve 2007, in which a 90 year old man ran a stop sign, left Brock paralyzed from the waist down and took the lives of his father and brother's girlfriend, Hollis. He was told by the doctors that he only had a 1% chance of ever walking again. He has persevered through this situation by clinging to faith, and relying on God.

Brock started rehabbing with the physical therapists at the hospital for two years after the accident. After that period, Brock was only able to move his hip and quad muscles, which allowed him to walk with the aide of full leg braces and a walker. He was still far from where he wanted to be, and God had a new opportunity awaiting him. Brock's brother, Elliott, played for the University of Michigan football team, allowing Brock to connect with their coaching staff who had offered to work out with him since the accident. After insurance had run out for rehab, he started rigorous workouts with Mike Barwis and the rest of the football strength and conditioning staff at the University of Michigan. Since then he has learned to walk with two canes, and in fall of 2010, Brock completed his goal of leading the Michigan Wolverines onto the field for their home opener accompanied with his mom, Elliott and oldest brother Blake.

In December of 2012, he was able to stand at his wedding and walk down the aisle with his bride, Haley, without the assistance of canes. Currently, Brock and his wife are living in Wauseon Ohio, and has plans to help others in their own journey through life's challenges. He continues to work out so he continues to improve, as well as, share his faith, and motivate others to strive for their goals. He has since been able to walk without assistance of any kind, walking up to a half mile at a time.

Join the 1% today, and face adversity head on. Brock's message is about persevering against overwhelming odds; no matter what the challenge is.