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Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood said he left a phone message with Tulane coach Curtis Johnson, and Rutgers head athletic trainer David McCune similarly reached out to his counterpart with the Green Wave.

Spinal cord injuries are unpredictable by nature and the first few days can be especially difficult because there is so much uncertainty.

“You’re not worried about what’s going to happen three months from now,” Karen LeGrand said. “You’re just trying to get through the day.”

Eric LeGrand has come a long way since he was injured and doctors told Karen that he would likely spend the rest of his life breathing with the aid of ventilator.

Eric LeGrand now does physical therapy five days a week, takes college classes and works as a radio announcer on Rutgers games.

The LeGrands are also working with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to start their own foundation.

“People need to know everything doesn’t stop because you have a spinal cord injury,” Karen LeGrand said.

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