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January 17, 2014

An inspiration to all

RCHS seniorinfluences peers after paralysis

“There is always someone who has it worse than you,” came from Tanner Hall, a senior at Rushville Consolidated High School who had a life changing accident in 2011.

Hall had a passion for motocross and rode since he was four years old.

“I loved motocross and I still do,” Hall said. “I always played a lot of sports growing up but my favorites were motocross and wrestling. I got into these sports so much I gave everything else up. I wrestled in the winter and it kept me in shape for riding. Riding was my life. I lost focus of everything else. I wasn’t into school that much, I wasn’t applying myself like I should’ve. I was so busy with motocross. Riding was my main focus.”

On May 28, 2011, Hall’s life would be turned upside down.

“My friends and I were riding our dirt bikes that day,” Hall said. “For me it was unfamiliar land, I never rode there before.”

What happened next would change Hall’s life forever.

“We were almost done riding and I decided to take off flying through this open field. I was catching speed and then I seen a pile of bricks and rubble,” Hall stated. “I remember thinking, ‘do I gas it and try to bail, what should I do?’”

Hall hit the pile and said he remembers not hurting very much. “My first thought laying there was I am going to be in so much trouble for wrecking my bike.” From that moment forward, Hall was paralyzed from the chest down.

Almost three years later, Hall looks at life differently.

“I do see things differently now,” Hall said. “Before I only cared about racing, now I try to focus more on school. I care about more things now than I did before the accident. It opened my eyes.”

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