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Fred Hammond

Just because Gospel star Fred Hammond is a Grammy Award-winning artist who has performed before millions around the globe does not mean he is a stranger to struggle.


This past January the 53-year-old Detroit native’s faith was tested in a profoundly personal way: he underwent an excruciating double knee replacement surgery – the same procedure that claimed the life of his biological dad in the early ‘90s – and as a result was unable to walk. Forced for months to rely on family members, friends and sometimes total strangers to get around – the experience was almost too much for the staunchly self-reliant singer, who found it to be humiliating.


“This has been one of the roughest periods I’ve ever been through,” admits Hammond, who today is about “6o% recovered,” “and I’ve been to the army, boot camp, jumped out of airplanes and lost parents – so that says a lot. Having to be in a wheelchair and then on a walker learning to walk again has been the most physically and emotionally taxing experience of my life.”


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