While on vacation in Mexico, the unexpected happened for Jake Hirning. In a matter of seconds, his life was changed forever. As Jake dove into a wave, the force of the ocean rammed him into the ocean floor, breaking his neck. A plane flew into Mexico and transported him to San Antonio, where 11 doctors took him to surgery. The surgery was successful, and Jake lived, but now he is paralyzed from the chest below and has minimal use of his hands. Through this tragedy, Jake has taken on every challenge with a positive attitude and a smile. His determination is one that will bring him further each day.