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New mission for paralyzed LDS teen — ‘to inspire’

Sports wrap held the once-athletic man’s paralyzed legs firmly together and a brace propped his head upright. He wore a blue watch cap and a beaming smile.

Friends and family on Saturday crowded around 19-year-old Gates Hunsaker’s wheelchair under the shade of a tree.

Then the personality everyone knew cut the awkward silence.

“What are all you guys doing here?” he joked, thanking the crowd for showing up at a fundraiser for him. “This is rad.”

Hunsaker was critically injured April 5 after attempting a jump over Big Cottonwood Creek and coming up short. He suffered hypothermia, plus neck and back injuries.

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