Most love stories don’t begin with an accident that leaves one of the lovers paralyzed from the neck down. This one does. And against all odds, it ends with a happily ever after.
Our story gets under way in the summer of 1996, as Cliff Copeland stood beside a car, talking with the driver. The two were “having words,” when the driver unexpectedly hit the gas. In a twist of fate so bizarre it would be difficult to duplicate intentionally, Cliff’s toe snagged beneath the treads of the car’s rear tire.
He tried to pull free, but as the vehicle sped away, Cliff was lifted sideways and twisted, irrevocably damaging the C5 and C6 vertebrae of his spine.