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The 7 Yard Walk that Inspired Millions

Need some inspiration? Catalyst Movies is a fan of Chris & Emily and their amazing story. Please share this story with your church family and feel free to use their viral video as a sermon starter! See their story in the newly released documentary, 7 YARDS.

7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story

7 YARDS: THE CHRIS NORTON STORY, a feature-length documentary that chronicles the journey of once-paralyzed college football player Chris Norton, released on February 23rd on Apple TV, Prime Video, and other on-demand platforms.

At age 18, Norton suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury during a football game at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Despite doctors giving him just a 3 percent chance to ever move again, Norton defied medical odds. After years of physical therapy and training, Chris’s story went viral in 2015 when he successfully walked across the college graduation stage with the help of his fiancée Emily. 

Video of Chris walking to get his diploma touched the world and has received over 300 million views. Feel free to download and use it as a sermon starter.

Soon after, Chris and Emily set an ambitious new goal: walk seven yards side-by-side down their wedding aisle. The film features powerful interviews, emotional reenactments, and real footage from their 2018 wedding. It’s the inspirational comeback story of Chris and his journey from college athlete to a medical miracle to viral inspiration and now an adoptive father.

Just click here for more information about 7 YARDS.

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Kyle Thompson

As the President at Catalyst Resource Group, Kyle Thompson helps engage an audience of thousands of leaders at churches and other non-profit groups with streaming services and ministry resources. Since 1994, Kyle has worked to bring messages and stories of faith in movies and tv through over 50 feature films and documentaries, including I Can Only Imagine, Breakthrough, Just Mercy, Heaven is for Real, The Passion of The Christ, Fireproof and Hacksaw Ridge.