Former Buckeye, NFL linebacker launches spinal rehabilitation nonprofit

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Former Ohio State University Buckeye and Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Shazier has started an organization to help those who suffer from spinal cord injuries.

Shazier announced Monday he has launched the Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation, an organization that seeks to increase the number of rehab visits for patients, help patients’ families and friends find critical resources, and establish a support network.

Shazier suffered a career-ending spinal cord injury after a head-on collision during a game on Dec. 4, 2017, that left him paralyzed. Diagnosed with only a 20 percent chance of walking again, Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery and months of rehabilitation. He can now walk again and was able to dance with his wife at their wedding two years after his injury.

The goal of the new non-profit is to give other spinal cord injury (SCI) sufferers the same treatment he was able to receive as a world-class athlete, according to a release announcing the organization.”

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