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Published December 24, 2013, 07:54 PM

Favorite Stories of 2013

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As we take a look back at 2013, every WDAY reporter has a few stories they'll never forget. We begin a look back Tuesday with a Fargo man's long road to recovery. In Early September Chris McCrackin was hit by an SUV - and nearly died. He broke an arm, knee and ankle and suffered a brain injury.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As we take a look back at 2013, every WDAY reporter has a few stories they'll never forget.

We begin a look back Tuesday with a Fargo man's long road to recovery.

In Early September Chris McCrackin was hit by an SUV - and nearly died. He broke an arm, knee and ankle and suffered a brain injury.

"Riding bikes has been my life pretty much."

Since Chris's legs could reach the pedals,

Tackling BMX tracks nationwide.

"Riders ready."

Tackling BMX tracks nationwide.

“Boom snap out of it you just got to make a break for the finish line."

In high gear towards another gold souvenir.

"As I was riding my stationary bike."

But a bump would send Chris off track.

“Short term memory is difficult - sometimes paying attention. “

"I noticed a muddy footprint going up the west stairwell"

Sometimes when the ride gets rough you have to shift gears.

“He lost his independence.”

Chris McCrackin/Crash Victim: "It's like she put a pause button on my life and I can't hit play."

It was here, nearly two months ago while riding his motorcycle - an SUV pulled out in front of Chris.

Chris: "I was in the blind spot of the lady they said."

His body would take a beating,

Chris: "Having a torn ACL, a broken knee, ankle, and arm."

Coreen McCrackin/Mother: "He was tubed and tape and he had neck braces. Iv's everywhere."

Chris would spend days in a coma.

Coreen: I think the hardest day I ever had was the day I got the call.

Now he's hoping learning to re-use his hands and mind is as easy as riding his bike.

NAT: Seeing him unhappy, seeing him struggle.

"What deficits might be present and what skills you maintain."

Coreen: “He didn't know how to walk on a cane yet.”

With hours of therapy Chris is picking up momentum.

Coreen: “A good sport is learning to lose with grace.

“Your memory is not gone, it will come."

Games of memory and strategy help him create a blueprint to recovery.

Coreen:"You can see good progress sometimes, but you have set back though."

Recovery is not a sprint,

Chris: "I always have just picked my own line and stuck it."

It's a marathon.

Chris: "I always just want to do my best no matter what place I get".

To find out how his recovery efforts have been going, he's no longer in a wheelchair or using a cane to get around, as he now has full motion in his knee.

His weeks are still filled therapy sessions - in fact ten a week.

Despite some minor setbacks Chris is optimistic about the future and so thankful to be alive this holiday season.

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