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Eigen’s spinal injury leads Old Forge community to rally around athlete

Published: January 28, 2007

5425781653c195Kiel Eigen remembers the bounce in his step and the butterflies fluttering in his stomach.

He had been waiting for some time for that kickoff. It would be the first of the Old Forge freshmen team’s season. And the first play of his season.

Then, it came. Quickly.

He kicked off, then raced to make a tackle on the Western Wayne returner. He over-pursued and missed the ball carrier completely.

Love Bloomed, Despite Paralysis, After She Saved His Life

Published: January 28, 2007

Maryann Soucy and Daniel Spradley went bowling on their first date in 2005. Last week they bowled again – Danny’s first outing since August.

“I used to be so athletic. I worked hard,” says Danny, currently in Rehabilitation at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. “I struggle now to put on my shirt,” a task he wrestled with for five months after being told he would never move his arms again.

“I can’t put on my sweater. My muscle strength isn’t there yet,” Danny says. But “I’m hoping to be home by June 16. My goal is to be somewhat self-sufficient” by then, his 28th birthday.

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