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Golf: Paramobiles lift the human spirit

Published: May 5, 2013

ParamobilesTwo days after Patrick Shanahan was shot in his spinal cord, on July 16, 2010, during an attempted robbery in Hyannis and left paralyzed from the chest down, he was relearning how to breathe and go to the bathroom at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

Unannounced, another paraplegic who worked as a peer counselor at the hospital wheeled into his room and tried to pick up his spirits by insisting they would go golfing together someday using specially made wheelchairs.

Shanahan told him to get lost, but the counselor, Jerry Donovan, didn’t give up and wouldn’t let Shanahan quit, either.

“I love him to death for what he did,” Shanahan’s father Jerry said of Donovan. “He just wouldn’t take no for an answer.”

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