DESTIN — With the help of his friends, Chance McMinn got up out of his wheelchair and walked along Highway 98 with an 8-foot-tall wooden cross on his shoulders on Sunday.

That's the only request he had for Father's Day.

"I wanted to honor my true father," said Chance. "I'm doing this all for him."

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It was nearly seven years ago when Chance fell from his 30A condo on the fourth floor after a night of drinking. The fall broke multiple bones and caused brain damage. Doctors told his wife Stephanie he only had 72 hours to live. Since that fateful night on July 23, 2011, Chance was given a second chance at not just life, but a more fulfilling one.

"God picked him up off the ground and put him back together," said Stephanie. "Chance was bound by addiction to drugs and alcohol. This is God's redemption."

On Sunday afternoon, after the 11 a.m. service, Chance and his friends Ronnie Lee and Travis Bolden took about 25 careful steps on the sidewalk with the cross. Five years ago, Chance first decided to walk with the cross as a symbol of his faith. Now, he says he wants to make it an annual tradition.

"God put the idea in his heart to do it again," said Stephanie. "He told me, 'It's that time again.'"

With all of the progress he has made in the last seven years, Chance is not fully healed. His is mostly still dependent on his wheelchair and his speech has not fully restored. But he doesn't feel sorry for himself. In fact, he's thankful for the accident and says it helped make him a better man.

"I'd be nowhere," he said. "Now, I have a purpose. I'll be seven years sober. He (God) took it all out of me."

His story inspires just about everyone he meets. And Chance does not shy away from sharing.

"It's awesome to see," said Bolden, who met Chance through Impact Life Church. "You can see how the Lord has freed him...he's probably more free today than before."

After his walk with the cross, Chance and Stephanie and their kids went out for Mexican food — his favorite — and spent time at the beach.

"It really, truly has been a blessing," Stephanie said of the the last seven years. "And God has been with us step by step."