Fearless Dreamers: Michael Patrick Thornton

Published on November 21, 2016

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Michael Patrick Thornton’s spinal stroke took a healthy 24-year-old, and turned him into a quadriplegic. But with the help of a high-tech robotic exoskeleton called ReWalk, Thornton walked onto the stage at Steppenwolf theater to portray the infamously disabled Richard in Shakespeare’s Richard III. While his life wasn’t a path he would have chosen, he nevertheless has taken every ounce of meaning from the experience. “There are times that something we want looks unlikely or we see it receding in the rear view mirror,” he says. “Amazing things happen when you suddenly decide, with no evidence whatsoever, to believe that they will.”


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