In February 2008, an EF-4 tornado touched down at Union University in Jackson, TN. David Wilson, a 19-year-old freshman soccer player, was buried under a dormitory building for five hours. When he awoke the next day, David quickly learned that the traumatic events of the night before had left him unable to move his legs. David and his family started hearing the word “amputation” amongst his physicians.


In the days that followed, David underwent multiple surgeries as physicians attempted to spare his legs. Fortunately, the surgeries worked. After 67 days in three different hospitals across Tennessee, on April 11, David was walked out of the hospital on crutches.



Months of rehab followed and David has now regained much of his strength back. He returned to Union and graduated in May of 2012. Today he and his wife Kristen live in Chattanooga.

The battle was long and often brutal. Within three weeks of the storm, David developed a devastating nerve disorder that gave him unbearable pain. Doctors gave him little hope for dealing with or curing the pain. The strongest drugs helped very little. Not only was he faced with the daunting task of learning to walk again, he had to do it amid severe pain for which there was often no relief.

Through those toughest days, the Wilson family saw something amazing happen. It seemed every time David’s recovery hit a bump in the road (or even a wall), there was always someone, often who they didn’t even know before the injury, who would show up and help them through the struggle.

The love and encouragement that was poured into David and his family throughout those nine weeks changed their lives. Because of what they saw and learned, the Wilson family was burdened to help other young people with battles and hurdles like their own. They want to be that hand that lifts others over the walls that seem impossible to climb. That is why they joined with family friends to start Steps2Hope.

Steps2Hope is a non-profit organization committed to serving Christ by ministering to young adults immobilized due to traumatic events. Steps2Hope meets these individuals during their recoveries and helps them by providing specific needs. These needs may include, but are not limited to, wheelchairs, modifications to homes, accessible vehicles, etc.

While we may not know every specific need, we are confident Christ and our community can fill those needs.