BEDMINSTER — It took reaching $1 million in fundraising for the relentlessly optimistic Eric LeGrand to finally admit he had some private doubts.
Not about whether he will walk again. He has never stopped believing in a cure for paralysis.
But, in the early days, months and years of strong support for his Team LeGrand charity, the former Rutgers football star wondered if he would be able to keep the momentum going long-term.
Nights like Thursday remind him of the answer.
LeGrand topped $1 million in fundraising for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for spinal cord injury research and awareness. He was paralyzed during a football game in October 2010.
“As a 21-year-old, I would’ve never thought that this many people would still be behind me,” LeGrand, 27, told NJ Advance Media. “At one point it crosses your mind: Will people continue to support me over the years? Will I lose touch with people? Will my story die?
“I’m not going to lie to you: There were many nights when I was younger and this first happened to me where I was like, ‘Will I still have the support?’ You’re 21 and you feel like you have your whole life ahead of you. Honestly, it’s overwhelming how many people are still there.” To read more, click here.