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Devin D. Thorpe
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This Quadriplegic Turns His Horror Into Hope For Others

Nathan Ogden broke his neck twice–the second time when he was dropped off an x-ray table a year after being paralyzed. He turned tragedy into triumph, building a successful career as a speaker.

In recent years, he’s turned his attention and his focus to others less fortunate than himself. He’s created a nonprofit organization, Chair the Hope, to provide wheelchairs to people, typically in the developing world, who lack access to this life-changing device.

Watch Nathan’s story in the video player above.

Interview with Nathan Ogden, the Co-Creator of Chair The Hope.

The following is the pre-interview with Nathan Ogden. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

For-profit/Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Revenue model: The following are our current streams of revenue but we are working on many others at the moment.

– Strait Donations at
– Nathan speaking at events with part of the fee going to nonprofit
– Sales of the movie “Chair The Hope” and Nathan’s book “Unfrozen”
– Annual Gala/auction fundraiser
– Ticket sales from theaters showing the movie
– Company and other organization donations

Scale: In just over one year from creating Chair the Hope we have raised over $100,000. At $150 a wheelchair, that is 666 individuals and families who have, or will have, their lives changed forever.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

It’s estimated 100 million people in the world need a wheelchair but don’t have the means or opportunity to get one. Paralysis, diabetes, amputees, spina bifida, and birth defects are just a few causes creating this need. Chair The Hope raises funds and has partnered with the Wheelchair Foundation to manufacture and deliver wheelchairs throughout the world. By working with local communities and over 150 countries we are making a difference in providing independence and mobility to those who desperately need it.

Nathan’s Website:

More about Chair The Hope:



Chair The Hope is a nonprofit that helps those with disabilities locally and throughout the world. There is a strong focus on providing wheelchairs and other adaptive devices to those in need, allowing that individual and their families the power of independence, the power of life.

Nathan Ogden

Nathan Ogden’s bio:

Twitter: @nathandogden


Instagram: @nathan_ogden

Nathan Ogden has taught thousands how to conquer their fears and move from paralysis to progress through eliminating excuses in their lives. He is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, wheelchair athlete, co-creator of the non-profit Chair The Hope, and author of the book Unfrozen. In 2001, Nathan broke his neck snow skiing leaving him paralyzed and in tremendous pain. Nathan lives in Meridian, Idaho and is married to a beautiful wife with four children. He uses his unique life-changing experiences in overcoming challenges to train a vast variety of groups, from high schools to business executives throughout the country. Nathan’s courage and determination give hope and power to all who know him and hear his messages.

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