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Nick Owens received Charlotte Christian's "Mighty in Spirit" award this afternoon -- and if anyone deserved it -- it's surely Owens.

Owens is the starting shortstop for Charlotte Christian. He's been a part of three-state championships (including this year) and his coach Greg Simmons speaks highly of him.

"He's the kind of kid that you trust," Simmons said. "It's like having another coach on the field."

Owens led the team in RBIs this season, hit over .300 and "was the guy that everybody pitched around."

"He was the guy we always wanted up in the last inning because we knew he was always going to make something happen," Simmons said.

Owens bounced back from a "mystery virus" that left him bedridden and unable to eat last summer. He bounced around from hospital to hospital with few answers -- losing 25 pounds in 10 days.

After months of prayer, feeding tubes and confusion, a family friend referred Owens to an Upper Cervical Chiropractor -- a unique-type of chiropractor that works on the top-two-bones in the neck (atlas and axis).

"There was something going on and it was at the top of his neck," Dr. Ray Drury said. "It was putting pressure on the brain stem, which comes down to the bottom of the second bone. The brain stem basically sends messages to the brain, the heart, the liver, the lung, the kidney, the arms and the legs.

"In his case it was obviously interfering the nerves that were going to the stomach so it prevented the stomach from working the way it was intended."

Once Dr. Drury made this discovery, he said that X-rays and a specific correction was made, putting the bone back where it was supposed to be.

Dr. Drury says the type of interference caused from a neck misalignment can be compared to stepping on a garden hose.

Immediately after the adjustment, Owens said he felt hungry for the first time in two months.

"It was kind of something you would see in a movie," Owens said. "It was an instant -- I felt better and I was hungry."

John Owens (Nick's dad) said that the neck misalignment isn't necessarily what caused his son's problems, but it is what was preventing his body from healing and functioning at 100 percent.

It took months for Owens to get back to eating a regular diet again. He actually took his batter-powered feeding pack to school for a month-and-a-half -- but was able to get back on the field, eventually.

Owens will be attending North Carolina State University next year to play baseball.


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