While at Rutgers University in 2010, Eric LeGrand enjoyed playing football as a defensive tackle. But after a severe spinal injury which dramatically changed his life, LeGrand found himself wondering if he’d ever recapture that kind of success on the field. Having undergone a nine-hour emergency surgery procedure to stabilize his spine as well as a rigorous rehabilitation process, he has regained movement in his shoulders and sensation throughout his body.
Eric became an advocate for individuals affected with spinal cord Injuries and disorders. Fueled with passion, he formed Team LeGrand of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Established in 2013, the proceeds generated from the charity go toward research to find a cure for paralysis and help to improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries.
Eric has been honored with a plethora of awards and accolades throughout his recovery process, which include the “Unsung Hero Award” (2012) presented by the New Jersey Hall of Fame, the “Jimmy V Award” for Perseverance at the 20th Annual ESPYs (2012), and his selection as the “Most Influential Person in New Jersey Sports” presented by the Star Ledger (2012).
Carla Gaouette, Vice President, Viability, Inc.
James Emmett, Corporate Disability Consultant, James Emmett & Company
Larry Worth, Executive Director, The ViaQuest Foundation
Elaine Katz, Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications, Kessler Foundation
Linda Behmke, DiverseAbilities Employee Business Network Lead, Quest Diagnostics
Takiyah Cunningham, Manager, Diversity Programs and Partnerships, Cintas Corporation
Joe Wendover, Field Inclusion Manager, Walgreen Co.
Jocelyn Weyrauch, VP, Diversity Vendor Manager, TD Bank USA
Karen Alexender, MPA, Managing Director, NJTIP @ Rutgers, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
Zenobia Fields, Department Director of Planning, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Tammy Molinelli, Executive Director, Bergen County Workforce Investment Board
Krishna Murthy, Executive Director, EZ Ride
Cheri R. Thompson, Program Planning and Development Specialist 1, New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services