PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After learning about a young athlete’s severe football injury, actor Mark Wahlberg made a quick FaceTime call that had a major impact.
On August 31, 2018, Hayden Hamilton’s life changed forever.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Zone 3 Substation Coming To South Side Near East Carson Street
As a young football player at Laurel High School in Lawrence County, Hamilton suffered a severe vertebral fracture during a football game.
A C4 spinal cord injury results in paralysis in arms, hands, trunk, and legs, but fortunately, none of these remain true for Hamilton.
His rehab at the Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Unit helped Hamilton become 100% independent again, walking only with braces and a walker now.
He caught the attention of Walhberg after wearing one of the actor’s “Performance Inspired” shirts during one of his rehab sessions.READ MORE: Parents And Coaches Looking To Save Baseball Field At Prospect Park
A video of Hamilton walking while wearing Wahlberg’s brand was shared so many times on social media that it made its way to the actor himself.
“Yeah, he called me and said he just got off hanging from a chain on set filming in Germany. He’s way more of a morning person than I am,” says Hamilton.
Hamilton just passed the second anniversary of his injury, and he now works on walking in outpatient therapy.
He drives his own car and is 100% independent in everyday tasks.MORE NEWS: Woodland Hills High School Moves To Virtual Instruction Due To 'Credible Threats' After Fights At School
“Well you keep pushing, brother. I heard you made a lot of amazing progress already,” says Wahlberg.