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Published on May 10, 2016

Actor Uses Exoskeleton To Walk A Mile To Benefit Rehab Institute, Theater

by Heather Cherone

JEFFERSON PARK — Right before Michael Patrick Thornton, who just finished his run as the title character in the The Gift Theatre's production of "Richard III," steps onto the stage, he whispers several names so softly no one can hear.

Thirteen years ago, Thornton, 37, suffered two spinal cord strokes that left him unable to walk and speak, confined to a bed at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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