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You may be familiar with Rob Summers - in May 2011, we announced a significant research breakthrough in that Rob, living with paralysis, was implanted with an epidural stimulator. The results were remarkable and a very existing time for spinal cord injury research. Learn more about it at www.ChristopherReeve.org/Epi. Rob recently spoke with Oregon Live about his progress and where his life is now:
At one time in his life, Southridge High graduate Rob Summers could throw a baseball more than 90 miles per hour. At age 20, he was at the peak of his physical ability and just beginning a promising career with the national champion Oregon State baseball team.
In retrospect, Summers seemed well on the way to achieving his goal of becoming a Major League Baseball player.
Now, some seven years after a debilitating hit-and-run accident injured his spine, left him a quadriplegic and ended his baseball career, he is working toward walking again.
"Through the use of goal-setting and positive mind-set, you can accomplish anything," Summers said. "My biggest goal is walking again with the help of a trainer."
Summers' real impact on the world, however, comes not primarily in the form of the physical progress he's made – impressive though it is – but in his ability to inspire and provide hope to others.
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