DEAN OTTO

Two Percent Chance

A Journey in Resilience, Recovery and Rebirth
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My Story

Early Saturday morning on September 24th, 2016, Dean Otto was riding his bicycle and was hit from behind by a truck. Paralyzed from the waist down, he had a 2% chance to walk again. His back was shattered, he was literally broken in half.

 

Through a series of medical, spiritual and physical miracles, Dean came back and made a full recovery, becoming friends with his doctor and the man who hit him. Together they gave back, running a half marathon one year to the day later and have raised close to $100,000 for spinal cord injury patients. They became better people for having gone through this seemingly terrible experience together.

 

Their story was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, The 700 Club and many others, creating international attention. 

 

Deans' story has many layers of resiliency, recovery, faith, forgiveness, acceptance and gratitude. Learn more about how Dean can inspire your group in person, and read about his miraculous journey.

In the press

The Ellen show

the today show

Atrium Health

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Recovered from Paralysis, a Runner, His Surgeon, and the Driver Who Struck Him Reunite for a Half Marathon.

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After paralyzing car crash, this man is running a marathon with the guy who hit him.

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It's been a year and a half since Dean Otto first came to Charlotte Rehab days after being hit by a car, paralyzed and told he'd never walk again.

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Dean Otto's story is one that could fill up an entire book. From his accident, to his recovery, to the incredible friendships that have been forged along the way, Otto now looks at September 24, 2016 as a day he's grateful for.

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An accident left Dean Otto paralyzed from the waist down. His doctor gave him less than a 2 percent chance of ever walking again. A year later Dean recovers and runs a half marathon with his doctor and the driver who hit him.