GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Tommie Elliot has coached football in West Michigan for nearly three decades, but after undergoing major back surgery, he's now facing the daunting task of learning to walk again.
"I haven't walked since November of 2015," says Elliot.
But as Elliot rehabs his body, he's motivated by the young lady next to him who is also learning to walk -- his 12-year-old daughter Torrie.
"I tell everyone anytime they listen, she's the toughest person I know because that young lady was diagnosed three days after her third birthday with brain cancer," says Elliot.
Now father and daughter motivate each other during their weekly pool therapy at Mary Free Bed.
"It's amazing because my daughter has gained so much from being in pool therapy so when I'm tired and my posture starts slouching and I look over and I see her doing squat jumps with her back up or doing high knees, I'm like 'I gotta straighten up because Torrie is showing me up'," says Elliot.
"It's really good, we're always together and I think he's proud of me," says his daughter Torrie.
"I want to be able to get out of this chair and I want to be able to do it walker-free, so that's my long term goal," says Elliot.
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