On Monday July 31st, 10 year old Lincoln Norton was crossing the street to go home on the North Shore of Oahu. A car politely slowed to let him cross, but an (apparently) distracted driver coming from the opposite direction struck Lincoln in their compact SUV. Lincoln sustained severe internal and external injuries. This boy who loves the ocean, wakes up every morning to surf, and is a North Shore Junior Lifegaurd now fights for his life in an induced coma in the ICU.
He's undergone several surgeries thus far, and more lie ahead for this strong boy. Briefly conscious before one procedure, his first words were "Mom, can we still go shark diving?" The family had planned to take Lincoln diving for his 11th birthday, which he ended up "celebrating" on Thursday in the ICU.
This incredible family has faced its share of tragedies—the death of Natalie’s brother, the death of their youngest son, and the recent heart wrenching repossession of their foster children (in addition to Natalie's traumatic experience with a possible stroke and loss of memory).
Many have watched them continually shine as bright beacons of light through these dark times. Even in the midst of their own adversity, Richie and Natalie Norton have shown up for many of us. They give with their whole hearts, and now they need us to give with ours. Lincoln has a giant heart and needs our prayers. #prayersforlincolnjo
We deeply appreciate you sharing this and spreading the word. We want to get this as far out as we can, please use hashtag #prayforlincolnjo so the Nortons can witness the love this world has for them and their beautiful son.
Mahalo, everyone! Let's wrap this family in light and love!
You can read more and Natalie’s testimony at LDS LIVING
You can also learn about their past hardships in this short film released just a couple weeks ago called "Show Up: Live Life Wide Awake." "Love God Unconditionally"
from Richie Norton "Can we still go shark diving"
**While the Norton family has been in the ICU with Lincoln, their home was robbed. Too much at one time for anybody.
This is not an official statement from any member of the Norton family. They remain focused on the recovery of their son.