Donation to Team LeGrand

Teagan and M.B. Paradise with Eric LeGrand- A Walk to bELieve, June 4, 2022

Twenty-five percent of book sales will be donated to Team LeGrand.

What is Team LeGrand?

Eric LeGrand is a former Rutgers football player that sustained a spinal cord injury. In 2013, he launched Team LeGrand, a fundraising arm of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation dedicated to supporting quality of life initiatives and accelerating the discovery of treatments and cures for spinal cord injuries.

Why am I supporting this cause?

A few reasons:

  1. I had a cousin who was in a wheelchair
  2. I am a Rutgers grad and sports fan, so I’m familiar with Eric LeGrand’s story. He continues to raise awareness and money for spinal cord injury (SCI) research and inspire by example. My humble hope is to make a significant contribution to this effort AND to make beaches more accessible to wheelchair users through the purchase of beach mats and beach wheelchairs.
  3. I’m a certified athletic trainer and I know that an athlete’s identity is strongly tied to their sport. Overcoming injury is very difficult on a physical and psychological level. So, for LeGrand to sustain an injury of this magnitude and then go on to connect with people in the SCI community and beyond, to fundraise for SCI, AND to start multiple businesses…I think is extraordinary.
  4. Lastly, giving back, through this book, is a way to honor my parents who, despite not having much, were two of the most generous people one could ever meet.

Please click link to see my guest blog post on the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation website:

M.B and John Paradise in Wall, NJ with Eric LeGrand after one of his motivational speeches, Dec. 6, 2014