The Fight - Fallen warrior faces battle of a lifetimeLoading
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson prepares to transfer himself from his bed to his motorized wheelchair while getting ready to go to school in his Carmichael apartment May 1, 2013. Johnson suffered a severe spinal cord injury on May 14, 2013 while training as a mixed martial artist at Urijah Faber's Ultimate Fitness gym in Sacramento.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
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    Devin Johnson is winded from the effort of transferring himself from his bed to his wheelchair while getting ready to go to school in his Carmichael apartment May 1, 2013. Johnson was given a 3 percent chance of ever moving anything below his neck, making triumphs such as this a miracle in his life.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Caregiver Jordan Pankey helps Devin Johnson get positioned in his chair while getting him ready to go to school in their Carmichael apartment May 1, 2013. Pankey is a longtime friend of Johnson and became his caregiver after Johnson and his girlfriend, Tayler Miller, broke up in February.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Caregiver, Jordan Pankey, adjusts Devin Johnson's clothing while getting him ready to go to school in their Carmichael apartment May 1, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson retrieves a pen before going to school May 1, 2013. Months of occupational therapy have helped him be able to write again. He refused a note-taker in school, insisting on taking notes independently.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson navigates the hallway to go to class at American River College May 1, 2013. He is planning to get his degree in accounting.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
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    English 102 teacher, Bob Lyman, hands out a paper to Devin Johnson during class at American River College May 1, 2013. Johnson says that going back to school is the biggest and most important progress that he's made in life since the accident.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson works in a small group with Leonard Wood, left, and David Mitchell, right, during an English 102 class at American River College May 1, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson attends a physical therapy session with physical therapist assistant, Tyrone Jenkins, at the Ellison Building at UC Davis Medical Center May 14, 2013. This was his only activity planned for the one year anniversary of his accident.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson attempts to roll over during a physical therapy session with physical therapist assistant, Tyrone Jenkins, at the Ellison Building at UC Davis Medical Center May 14, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson laughs in between strenuous exercises during a physical therapy session with physical therapist assistant, Tyrone Jenkins, at the Ellison Building at UC Davis Medical Center May 14, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Physical therapist assistant, Tyrone Jenkins assists Devin Johnson in moving from his chair to shuttle exercise machine during physical therapy session at the Ellison Building at UC Davis Medical Center May 14, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson jokes about getting up to walk before his physical therapist is ready to assist him during a physical therapy session at UC Davis Medical Center May 14, 2013. He asked to walk as his last activity of the session.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson works hard to lift himself to a walking position during a physical therapy session with physical therapist assistant, Tyrone Jenkins, at the Ellison Building at UC Davis Medical Center May 14, 2013. The beginning of any movement is the hardest.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson works hard to lift himself to a walking position during a physical therapy session with physical therapist assistant, Tyrone Jenkins, at the Ellison Building at UC Davis Medical Center May 14, 2013. This was his only activity planned for the one year anniversary of his accident.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson checks out a new tattoo on the arm of his mother, Jacqui Johnson, on the day before Mother's Day, May 11, 2013. She had the phrase "Life Rolls On" in the same script included in the tattoo in honor of Devin's journey. He has the same phrase on his arm.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Jacqui Johnson cuts food for her son, Devin Johnson, while out to lunch on the day before Mother's May, May 11, 2013. She did not want to officially celebrate Mother's Day because it reminded her of the trauma of her son's accident, which happened last year on the day after Mother's Day.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Jacqui Johnson puts shoes on her son, Devin, before heading out to lunch with him on the day before Mother's day, May 11, 2013. Behind them is Devin's brother, Justin, age 16.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson leaves his Carmichael apartment with his mother, Jacqui Johnson, on the day before Mother's Day, May 11, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Devin Johnson visits with 21-year-old Tommy Phimphavanh, right, of Richmond at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation Center in San Jose April 21, 2013. Johnson shared his the story of his accident and how he has exceeded doctor's initial prognosis with his progress. "Be strong," he encouraged him. Visiting with them is occupational therapist, Mary Chuang, center, who worked with Johnson during his entire stay there.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Devin Johnson chats with Benton Giap, left, the Chair for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Eddie Chaw, the Associate Chief for the Spinal Cord Injury Program during a visit to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation Center in San Jose April 21, 2013. They talked about the accounting degree he is pursuing in school, how he is living independently and other progress he has made in the last year.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Doctor Eddie Chaw, the associate chief in the spinal cord injury program, gives Devin Johnson a thumbs up as he demonstrates the progress he has made during a visit to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation Center in San Jose April 21, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • I Care Fifer
    Devin Johnson is flooded with memories as he looks at the bed he used to reside in at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation Center in San Jose April 21, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Devin Johnson cries with Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation Center patient, Darrell Anderson, 19, of Oakland during a visit April 21, 2013. This is where Johnson received therapy for his spinal cord injury last year. Upon seeing Anderson in the same room he used to occupy, in the same condition he used to be in, memories of his first months being paralyzed came back to him. Johnson encouraged Anderson to not give up hope in his progress.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner, Gail Hovland, rushes to give Devin Johnson a hug during a visit to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation Center in San Jose April 21, 2013. "You just look so great!" she exclaimed. This is where he received therapy for his spinal cord injury last year. He wanted to provide hope for the people there. One year after his accident he has far exceeded medical expectations with his progress.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Devin Johnson laughs with his friend and caretaker, Jordan Pankey, outside HP Pavilion after a UFC fight April 21, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Devin Johnson watches his first UFC fight at HP Pavilion April 21, 2013. Urijah Faber arranged for him to come watch the fight. Johnson said he had a blast and harbored no hard feelings toward the sport that injured him. MMA also taught him the skills to overcome struggles in his life as a quadriplegic.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Devin Johnson watches his first UFC fight at HP Pavilion April 21, 2013. Urijah Faber arranged for him to come watch the fight. Johnson said he had a blast and harbored no hard feelings toward the sport that injured him. MMA also taught him the skills to overcome struggles in his life as a quadriplegic.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Devin Johnson demonstrates his increased hand strength to, Urijah Faber, during an after party at Hotel De Anza in San Jose, after a UFC fight April 21, 2013. Faber owns the Sacramento gym where Johnson used to train with Team Alpha Male.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Devin Johnson takes on new fight
    Devin Johnson walks with support from his physical therapist, Joe Ryan, behind him and his girlfriend at the time, Tayler Miller, during a physical therapy session at UC Davis on Jan 18, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
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