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Ethan Parmer, 23, of Fargo, was paralyzed in a July 4 swimming accident on Lake Lizzie and is undergoing rehab at a Denver hospital. Friends and family of the soon-to-be groom, who is pictured here with his fiancee Courtney Claus, are holding a fundraiser to help with his medical expenses Thursday, Sept. 12. Special to The Forum

Young Fargo couple starting over after life-threatening accident at Lake Lizzie

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DENVER – A little over two months ago – the Fourth of July on Lake Lizzie in Minnesota Lakes Country – a dive into 6 feet of water he’d made a hundred times before turned out to be Ethan Parmer’s last.

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To Parmer, the dive that shattered four vertebrae isn’t just the dive that made him a quadriplegic, changing his life forever and that of his soon-to-be wife, Courtney Claus.

It’s the dive that, in his own words, made him reborn.

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