LDS Man Uses Tragedy to Fuel Run on NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior’

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This article was originally published in LDS Living by Jake Healey. Below is an excerpt.

Some wives practically carry their husbands to the gym—but one husband goes to the gym so he can carry his wife.

When Latter-day Saint Michael Stanger’s wife, Enedina, was diagnosed with a rare and fatal genetic disorder that left her in a wheelchair, he found himself unable to physically be of much help to her. “When she first started getting sick, I probably weighed about 185,” he said. “I had a big gut, my arms were weak and small, and I couldn’t lift her—I would hurt my back, I’d be hurting her.”

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Bridget is a newsroom writer at She graduated in April 2015 from Brigham Young University in communications with an emphasis of public relations. She served a Spanish speaking LDS mission in McAllen, Texas. She is a skilled pianist and an expert baker of chocolate chip cookies.