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Rob Summers

Advocate, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Rob Summers was a standout college baseball player with aspirations of becoming a major league player. In 2006, when he was 20 years old, Summers was hit by a car in his own driveway. He sustained a spinal cord injury, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. In 2009, Summers was selected as the first participant for a study that measured the impact of epidural stimulation on a chronic, complete spinal cord injury. Almost immediately, the epidural stimulator enabled Summers to stand, voluntarily move his legs, and recover critical autonomic functions. Summers now works with the Reeve Foundation to fast track the next phase of research. He currently resides in Boston, Mass., and is a motivational speaker and coach for youth baseball.