On Saturday, Oct. 16, Eric LeGrand’s life changed in a way that nobody could be prepared for. As widely reported, the Rutgers defensive tackle became paralyzed from the neck down after an attempted tackle in the game versus Army.
Almost immediately, the Rutgers athletic department set up a message page on the athletics website where fans near and far could send their thoughts, hopes, prayers and well-wishes to LeGrand.
Just one week after the incident, this message page had been “liked” on Facebook over 7,000 times and retweeted on Twitter nearly 1,000 times. Now there are Facebook and Twitter pages where you can buy a wristband to show your support.
We all see the power of the internet when it comes to distributing bad, disturbing or sensational news. How refreshing that this power has been harnessed for something so good and powerful as uplifting this young man in the middle of battle he truly cannot fight alone.
To send your message, visit http://scarletknights.com/football/eric/getwell.asp.