His message resonates on many levels and it has been AALOS’ privilege to know and work with him.
Woody Thornton turned tragedy into triumph beginning in 1989. His message resonates on many levels and it has been AALOS’ privilege to know and work with him. Woody’s legs were both amputated through the ankle in an accident in 1989. Woody’s life began to return to normal but as we now know, there was another volume to be written. In 1991 Woody met the love of his life, Holly.
Shortly after that, the two became active in their church and realized God had something greater in store for their lives. Woody and Holly then began the journey to where they are today. Woody worked in the family business managing Little Henry’s apartments in the shadows of Jordan Hare Stadium. Their family quickly grew then they fostered and adopted 3 children. By 2003, they were a mom and dad of 6 children.
Glenn met Woody in 2005. At that time, he was experiencing significant discomfort and infections related to his amputation level and the high level of activity that his life required. Woody and Glenn researched a revision surgery known as the “ERTL” procedure which would see both of his legs amputated higher at the middle of his shin. The expected result was to provide a more uniform weight-bearing area on both legs and allow for a wider variety of prosthetic technology to improve both his quality of life and his activity level. Over the course of a year, Woody and his family and Glenn went through the process with a surgeon in Ohio. He returned to Alabama to get new prostheses. Woody’s results were nothing short of miraculous and his eyes to new possibilities.
Woody and Holly believe strongly in advocacy for the physically challenged. They are involved in the Amputee Coalition where he became a certified peer counselor. They have attended the annual Amputee Coalition National Conference every year. Through the Amputee Coalition, they started their own ministry, Christian Amputee Support Team, to help others who have lost limbs or struggled with seemingly impossible situations. They help people believe again. CAST MINISTRIES has become more than a peer counseling/advocacy group. They can be found on Facebook by searching “Cast Ministries.”
CAST MINISTRIES holds community wide awareness events such as the “Run, Walk and Roll” and “Ampuski” which also takes place in Ohio. In 2014, they opened the CAST LIFE CENTER. This labor of love began when they purchased a property on Lake Martin that was the former home of the Alabama Elks Youth Camp. Their vision has now become reality. Once again, they have opened their hearts to the physically challenged community they joined back in 1989. They also can be found on Facebook by searching “Cast Life Center.” There is a page on Facebook for “Ampuski.”
Redefining the possible is a daily calling for them, as they put their favorite Bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me into action.” (Phil. 4:13)