What defines a hero? If you ask those in Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co., their definition begins and ends with former Army Sgt. Adam Keys.
The Whitehall Township man certainly doesn't take life sitting down. Inside the Fellowship Community Auditorium, Keys stood for only the second day in the last three years.
He received a $1,000 check, donated by the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon in his honor.
"I've been learning how to fall to get off the ground, so would let me take my legs up here," Keys said of his time at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
The funds help to offset costs for a yet-to-be-built smart home in Maryland.
"Adam will be a lasting legacy for all of us to remember the sacrifices made in defending our freedom," said Mayor Ed Hozza, Whitehall Township.
Keys lost both his legs and a hand while fighting in Afghanistan on July 14, 2010. Since then, his attitude has become a force captivating anyone in his path.
"Adam is an inspiration to us all. When life gets you down, kick it in the butt, get back up again. Adam has that attitude and does it with a smile," said John Cramsey, of the Sons of American Legion.
Many may not know Keys was born in Canada. While in the Army and during his incident, he had only his green card. So, in essence, Keys nearly died defending a country that was yet even his, but he is certainly proving he's no victim or casualty of war.