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LISBON, Ohio (WTOV) – Alissa Boyle Grimes was told by doctors that she would never be able to walk again after suffering from an accident back in February 2012.
Grimes stopped to help a man who rolled his Jeep on I-79 just as a truck was coming toward her-causing her, the man with the Jeep and another nursing student to jump from the overpass.
Sunday was Grime’s wedding day and she was able to do something she never thought she would be able to do: walk down the aisle.
“It’s like I met every goal that I’ve had since the accident and this is my last one and I did it,” said Grimes.
Grimes said she was full of nerves on her wedding day but is just happy that she accomplished her dream of walking down the aisle.
“It hasn’t been easy, but I just take it a day at a time and I’m glad I’m here,” said Grimes.
Grimes and her husband Nathan Grimes had many people come together and support them in planning for their big day.
Jamie Holmes, the founder of Jamie’s Dream Team, heard about Grime’s story and that it was her dream to have a wedding and be married to Nathan Grimes. Jamie’s Dream Team grants dreams to people who are handicapped, disabled, terminally ill, severely injured, or suffering from a serious medical condition.
“Just her drive from being in an accident helping someone. She wasn’t only in an accident but she was able to save someone else,” said Holmes.
Gary Arabia, a Los Angeles chef from the company Global Cuisine, also came out to be a part of the Grimes’ big day.
“The reason that I came all the way out from California is because to be able to be a small part, to put my talent and my cuisine on an event like this is just really special,” said Arabia.
Grimes said the whole process has been very difficult and she wouldn’t have been as strong if it wasn’t for her husband.
“He’s been really supportive. He encourages me and tells me I’m not going to walk I’m going to run one day. He pushes me,” said Grimes.
Grimes said her final dream is to be able to walk without her brace.