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From tragedy to triumph: Seth Hanchey's survival story

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - One moment in time changed everything for Seth Hanchey. The aspiring nurse, pastor and public speaker was hit by a car while riding his bike., receiving fatal injuries.

He died twice at the scene but it wasn't the end of his life or his story. He was on his way to becoming a success story. and an avid fitness buff, training to do an Ironman.

An inspiration to other teens at Power International Church, on Sept 17, 2011 Seth preached a very ominous message.

"He ministered and preached on the purpose and destiny of God. No matter what the enemy does to you physically, he cannot take that away. And how ironic this all happened," said his mom, Kimber Hanchey.

That night an accident nearly took his life.

He was riding on Highway 167 in Ruston when his life changed forever. He was just miles from home, he was struck by a car while bicycling. He was thrown into the guardrail, leaving him with injuries so serious he died at the scene twice.

His mother and father were out of town at the time, unable to be there for their son.

"It was a grueling three hours before we found out his state. Did he die? Was he ok?" said Kimber.

They were told he'd be paralyzed or in a vegetative state.

But Seth proved them wrong and his mom caught much of his recovery on video. He started by learning to walk in the shoes he was hit in,  just months after the accident.

Through the struggle, the Hanchey's would quote Seth's life motto.

"We'd say quitting lasts forever pain lasts for a moment, push through it.," said Kimber.  

Even when they had to push through as their faith was tested

"It felt like a punishment at first. How could something so bad happen to someone who was doing everything so right? But you can put a tombstone on the question why and stay and grieve there your whole life and you'll miss the beauty of a second chance," said Kimber.

A second chance he made for himself through his family, faith and strength.

In a year, he went from wearing diapers and needing full assistance to what doctors said was impossible: lifting weights and running 8 miles a day.

His next goal is learning to speak all over again.

A new goal Seth has added to his plan for life.

"What excuse can you give Seth? I'm tired, I'm sore my head hurts. There's no excuse to give him," said his mom.

A nurse, a pastor, a motivational speaker. He'll get there no matter how long it takes.

Seth's foundation, TeamSeth Hanchey is having a 5K race to bring awareness to traumatic brain injuries on March 2nd.

Seth will lead the race, which starts at 9am in Lincoln Parish Park. Early registration for the race is $20 and you can do so by emailing teamsethfoundation@gmail.com. For more information about Seth and to see more video of his recovery, click on the TeamSeth Foundation link www.teamsethfoundation.org/

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