As he approaches the fifth anniversary of that fateful tackle, the former linebacker is leveraging the milestone to inspire and rally his following to help others living with SCI. #FiveYearsForward is a campaign to utilize text-to-give and raise funds for life-changing research, like epidural stimulation. In honor of his jersey number -- 52 -- LeGrand has set his sights on raising $52,000 by the end of 2015 in support of Team LeGrand.
"Five years ago, my life changed in an instant. But rather than look in the past, I am focused on the next five years and hope, in that timeframe, I can get closer to being back on the football field," said Eric LeGrand, founder of Team LeGrand. "We all need to band together as a team and raise critical funds to fuel breakthroughs, like epidural stimulation. #FiveYearsForward is a celebration of my second chance after paralysis and an opportunity to help others by donating $5. Imagine if all of my followers on Twitter and Facebook came together and each donated -- we could really change the world."
By texting "LeGrand" to 20222, individuals can donate $5 toward LeGrand's fundraising total or make a donation online below. Once someone donates, LeGrand is hoping they will challenge their friends to contribute as well.
Any donation amount is appreciated and will go a long way in supporting the Reeve Foundation and Team LeGrand's shared vision.