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Dear friend of the Reeve Foundation, Luke Moretti, is living with a spinal cord injury from diving into a lake last April. Thanks to therapy he has received, Luke is ready to live his life to the fullest and give back to others like him.
Saying goodbye to tearful parents, signing up for favorite classes and settling in the dorms are annual rituals for the millions of college students returning to campus next month. For Luke Moretti, those milestones are closer to miracles.
Partially paralyzed in a lake diving accident in April of his first year at Vanderbilt University, the 20-year-old has spent more than 15 months in intensive therapy to regain his independence.
“Obviously, I’m very happy and psyched up because of the nature of what I’ve gotten back,” Moretti said.
The onetime Scarsdale High School soccer player couldn’t be held upright without fainting when he began treatment at Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains a year ago. Now he can move himself along its halls with the help of his therapists by leaning on what he jestfully calls a “grandparent walker.”
“I’ve gone from not even being able to stand up to being able to walk with a walker. It’s a huge improvement, and it’s on these guys right here,” Moretti said as he gestured to the therapists he called a second family.
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