Nephew of paralyzed NC trooper to swim for 24 hours to raise money for hospital

SALISBURY, NC (WSOC) — The nephew of a North Carolina state trooper is taking on a huge challenge Tuesday night — he will swim for 24 hours in honor of his uncle.

Trooper Chris Wooten was paralyzed from the neck down after he survived a crash on his motorcycle in west Charlotte last year as he was pursuing a driver.

We have followed his recovery and Eyewitness News anchor Allison Latos interviewed him in Atlanta, where he has been getting intensive therapy at the Shepard Center.

To help other patients at the Shepard Center, Wooten’s nephew, 16-year-old Cooper Sever, will swim for 24 hours starting Tuesday night in Salisbury. He hopes to raise $30,000.

“My uncle has incredible courage and that’s just been what’s been pushing me through all the training sessions and wanting to do this,” Sever said. “I mean everything that he just influences me to do what I’m doing and he gives me the courage that I have for the swim.”

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