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Lincoln-Way East senior Payton Bruns (middle) was visited by Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane (left) and Jonathan Toews while rehabbing from his injury. Bruns is walking on his own and has returned to school. Photo submitted
Steve Millar, Sports Editor
12:05 pm CST January 17, 2020

Payton Bruns has never been more excited about going to school than he was on Jan. 7. 

Bruns, a senior at Lincoln-Way East, returned to school that day for the first time since a life-changing hockey injury Sept. 29 that cast into doubt whether he would ever be able to walk the halls at East, or anywhere else, again.

A little more than three months after Bruns broke the C5 and C6 vertebrae in his cervical spine, he is getting back to his normal life.