Spring Hill Man Appears on Lifetime Program After Achieving the Impossible
SPRING HILL – In the blink of an eye, Derrik Amaral lost the ability to use his arms and legs after he was paralyzed in a horrific car accident in 2013.
Derrik was just 29-years-old when he became a quadriplegic and doctors said he would never walk again. But Derrik refused to accept the grim prognosis and decided to spend every waking hour chipping away at his disability.
I first met Derrick in 2015 when he was struggling to make progress, but he was gaining ground and still refusing to give up.
Derrik contacted me again late last year with news of an incredible development – one that will inspire even the most defeated of individuals who struggle with similar disabilities. Derrik announced that he would be appearing on a new Lifetime program called This Time Next Year, with Host Cat Deeley.
The show debuted last night, with Derrik appearing in the premier presentation alongside others who conquered difficult challenges. Participants are given one year to try and meet their goals, and Derrik shocked viewers around the country with his amazing achievement, after he accomplished the impossible.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience or in my living room, when the doors opened and Derrick walked out on stage with only a walker to help with balance. Derrik’s mother, Dora, and father, Ernesto, escorted Derrik to meet with the host who was also struggled to hold back the tears.
I spoke to Derrik today who said he wanted to thank Anytime Fitness, Acupuncture Plus, the YMCA, and everyone else who helped him cross the finish line. He also wanted to thank his family and friends who all stood by him throughout his trying ordeal.
Derrik says, “It’s time for a new chapter in life and I want to start a foundation to help those with spinal cord injuries.” Derrik’s new website, www.derrikstrong.com tells his story of perseverance and plans to inspire paralyzed individuals.
“The impossible is possible,” says Derrik and without his faith in God he couldn’t have achieved his goals.
Facebook users can catch a preview of the show by following this link: This Time Next Year
The broadcast premier airs again tomorrow night on Lifetime at 11:10 p.m.
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