On Oct. 16, 2010, Rutgers junior Eric LeGrand suffered a devastating spinal cord injury while playing football against Army.
Doctors stabilized his spine during emergency surgery at Hackensack Medical Center, but the 20 year old is now paralyzed below the neck.
Experimental treatments such as embryonic stem cell therapy now being tested in California may one day help as could extensive physical therapy.
"Years ago when people had these injuries, people said there was no hope. You are going to be in a chair the rest of your life," says Dr. Dalton Dietrich, scientific director for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis."But now there is a lot of hope. There is a lot of cutting edge research going on showing that one day we might be able to repair the spinal cord."
Dietrich is not working on the case, but he's seen many like it.
"We don't tell anyone that you will never walk again," he says.
Friends and family have rallied to LeGrand's side. Here are some of their photos.