Connor Walker prays with his teammates before their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. After sustaining a spinal cord injury from a helmet-to-helmet collision in September, Walker will no longer be able to play football.

Connor Walker prays with his teammates before their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. After sustaining a spinal cord injury from a helmet-to-helmet collision in September, Walker will no longer be able to play football.

 Connor Walker practices his hand coordination during an occupational therapy session at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 23, 2018. Initially, Walker’s spinal cord injury left him paralyzed. After weeks of intensive rehabilitation, he began to regain control of his fine motor skills.

Connor Walker practices his hand coordination during an occupational therapy session at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 23, 2018. Initially, Walker’s spinal cord injury left him paralyzed. After weeks of intensive rehabilitation, he began to regain control of his fine motor skills.

 Connor Walker lifts his feet to touch the top of a bell during a music therapy session at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 24, 2018. Despite not having sensation in his legs, Walker took his first steps during an earlier music therapy session.

Connor Walker lifts his feet to touch the top of a bell during a music therapy session at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 24, 2018. Despite not having sensation in his legs, Walker took his first steps during an earlier music therapy session.

 Connor Walker eats breakfast in-between his physical and occupational therapy sessions in his hospital room at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 23, 2018.

Connor Walker eats breakfast in-between his physical and occupational therapy sessions in his hospital room at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 23, 2018.

 Connor Walker walks out of his hospital room with his parents Jean and Robbie after being released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Oct. 25, 2018. When Connor was first brought to Spaulding, he was paralyzed and uncertain if he would be able to walk again. Now the college sophomore is able to walk, despite not having any feeling in his legs.

Connor Walker walks out of his hospital room with his parents Jean and Robbie after being released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Oct. 25, 2018. When Connor was first brought to Spaulding, he was paralyzed and uncertain if he would be able to walk again. Now the college sophomore is able to walk, despite not having any feeling in his legs.

 Connor Walker walks down the stairs with his father Robbie at their home in Marlborough on Oct. 31, 2018. One of the family’s biggest fears upon Connor’s return home was his ability to travel the three flights of stairs needed to take a shower.

Connor Walker walks down the stairs with his father Robbie at their home in Marlborough on Oct. 31, 2018. One of the family’s biggest fears upon Connor’s return home was his ability to travel the three flights of stairs needed to take a shower.

 Robbie Walker dries his son Connor's face after helping him shave at their family home in Marlborough on Nov. 7, 2018. Connor continues to struggle with simple fine motor skills after his spinal cord injury.

Robbie Walker dries his son Connor's face after helping him shave at their family home in Marlborough on Nov. 7, 2018. Connor continues to struggle with simple fine motor skills after his spinal cord injury.

 Robbie Walker puts on Connor's socks at their family home in Marlborough before going to a physical therapy appointment on Nov. 7, 2018. Although Connor is able to walk again, he still suffers from back pain and must go to therapy several times a week to regain his strength.

Robbie Walker puts on Connor's socks at their family home in Marlborough before going to a physical therapy appointment on Nov. 7, 2018. Although Connor is able to walk again, he still suffers from back pain and must go to therapy several times a week to regain his strength.

 Robbie Walker watches as physical therapist Ashley Soughley gives his son Connor an exam at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Framingham on Oct. 31, 2018.

Robbie Walker watches as physical therapist Ashley Soughley gives his son Connor an exam at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Framingham on Oct. 31, 2018.

 Connor Walker looks at his reflection while he practices walking during a physical therapist appointment at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Framingham on Oct. 31, 2018. Walker started using a cane to walk when his pain increased after being released from the hospital.

Connor Walker looks at his reflection while he practices walking during a physical therapist appointment at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Framingham on Oct. 31, 2018. Walker started using a cane to walk when his pain increased after being released from the hospital.

 Connor greets his teammate Luke Hufnagle during their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. Even after suffering a spinal cord injury on the field, Connor said it was one of the hardest decisions of his life not to return to the game he loved.

Connor greets his teammate Luke Hufnagle during their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. Even after suffering a spinal cord injury on the field, Connor said it was one of the hardest decisions of his life not to return to the game he loved.

 Connor talks with his teammates in the locker room before their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018.

Connor talks with his teammates in the locker room before their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018.

 Connor Walker wears a necklace including Saint Sebastian the Patron Saint of Athletes during the final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. Walker had accidentally forgotten to remove the necklace  during the game when he incurred his spinal cord injury.

Connor Walker wears a necklace including Saint Sebastian the Patron Saint of Athletes during the final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. Walker had accidentally forgotten to remove the necklace during the game when he incurred his spinal cord injury.

 Connor hugs coach Joe Adam after the final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018.

Connor hugs coach Joe Adam after the final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018.

 For the first time, Connor looks at the Saint Anselm College football jersey that had to be cut off of him when he sustained his spinal cord injury in his room at his family home in Marlborough on Oct. 25, 2018.

For the first time, Connor looks at the Saint Anselm College football jersey that had to be cut off of him when he sustained his spinal cord injury in his room at his family home in Marlborough on Oct. 25, 2018.


 Connor and Jean walk to collect the mail outside of their family home in Marlborough on Nov. 7, 2018. Despite his back pain, Connor knows he must push himself to be physically active if he will be able to return to college in January.

Connor and Jean walk to collect the mail outside of their family home in Marlborough on Nov. 7, 2018. Despite his back pain, Connor knows he must push himself to be physically active if he will be able to return to college in January.

 Connor Walker prays with his teammates before their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. After sustaining a spinal cord injury from a helmet-to-helmet collision in September, Walker will no longer be able to play football.
 Connor Walker practices his hand coordination during an occupational therapy session at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 23, 2018. Initially, Walker’s spinal cord injury left him paralyzed. After weeks of intensive rehabilitation, he began to regain control of his fine motor skills.
 Connor Walker lifts his feet to touch the top of a bell during a music therapy session at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 24, 2018. Despite not having sensation in his legs, Walker took his first steps during an earlier music therapy session.
 Connor Walker eats breakfast in-between his physical and occupational therapy sessions in his hospital room at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 23, 2018.
 Connor Walker walks out of his hospital room with his parents Jean and Robbie after being released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Oct. 25, 2018. When Connor was first brought to Spaulding, he was paralyzed and uncertain if he would be able to walk again. Now the college sophomore is able to walk, despite not having any feeling in his legs.
 Connor Walker walks down the stairs with his father Robbie at their home in Marlborough on Oct. 31, 2018. One of the family’s biggest fears upon Connor’s return home was his ability to travel the three flights of stairs needed to take a shower.
 Robbie Walker dries his son Connor's face after helping him shave at their family home in Marlborough on Nov. 7, 2018. Connor continues to struggle with simple fine motor skills after his spinal cord injury.
 Robbie Walker puts on Connor's socks at their family home in Marlborough before going to a physical therapy appointment on Nov. 7, 2018. Although Connor is able to walk again, he still suffers from back pain and must go to therapy several times a week to regain his strength.
 Robbie Walker watches as physical therapist Ashley Soughley gives his son Connor an exam at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Framingham on Oct. 31, 2018.
 Connor Walker looks at his reflection while he practices walking during a physical therapist appointment at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Framingham on Oct. 31, 2018. Walker started using a cane to walk when his pain increased after being released from the hospital.
 Connor greets his teammate Luke Hufnagle during their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. Even after suffering a spinal cord injury on the field, Connor said it was one of the hardest decisions of his life not to return to the game he loved.
 Connor talks with his teammates in the locker room before their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018.
 Connor Walker wears a necklace including Saint Sebastian the Patron Saint of Athletes during the final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. Walker had accidentally forgotten to remove the necklace  during the game when he incurred his spinal cord injury.
 Connor hugs coach Joe Adam after the final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018.
 For the first time, Connor looks at the Saint Anselm College football jersey that had to be cut off of him when he sustained his spinal cord injury in his room at his family home in Marlborough on Oct. 25, 2018.
 Connor and Jean walk to collect the mail outside of their family home in Marlborough on Nov. 7, 2018. Despite his back pain, Connor knows he must push himself to be physically active if he will be able to return to college in January.

Connor Walker prays with his teammates before their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. After sustaining a spinal cord injury from a helmet-to-helmet collision in September, Walker will no longer be able to play football.

Connor Walker practices his hand coordination during an occupational therapy session at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 23, 2018. Initially, Walker’s spinal cord injury left him paralyzed. After weeks of intensive rehabilitation, he began to regain control of his fine motor skills.

Connor Walker lifts his feet to touch the top of a bell during a music therapy session at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 24, 2018. Despite not having sensation in his legs, Walker took his first steps during an earlier music therapy session.

Connor Walker eats breakfast in-between his physical and occupational therapy sessions in his hospital room at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Oct. 23, 2018.

Connor Walker walks out of his hospital room with his parents Jean and Robbie after being released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Oct. 25, 2018. When Connor was first brought to Spaulding, he was paralyzed and uncertain if he would be able to walk again. Now the college sophomore is able to walk, despite not having any feeling in his legs.

Connor Walker walks down the stairs with his father Robbie at their home in Marlborough on Oct. 31, 2018. One of the family’s biggest fears upon Connor’s return home was his ability to travel the three flights of stairs needed to take a shower.

Robbie Walker dries his son Connor's face after helping him shave at their family home in Marlborough on Nov. 7, 2018. Connor continues to struggle with simple fine motor skills after his spinal cord injury.

Robbie Walker puts on Connor's socks at their family home in Marlborough before going to a physical therapy appointment on Nov. 7, 2018. Although Connor is able to walk again, he still suffers from back pain and must go to therapy several times a week to regain his strength.

Robbie Walker watches as physical therapist Ashley Soughley gives his son Connor an exam at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Framingham on Oct. 31, 2018.

Connor Walker looks at his reflection while he practices walking during a physical therapist appointment at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Framingham on Oct. 31, 2018. Walker started using a cane to walk when his pain increased after being released from the hospital.

Connor greets his teammate Luke Hufnagle during their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. Even after suffering a spinal cord injury on the field, Connor said it was one of the hardest decisions of his life not to return to the game he loved.

Connor talks with his teammates in the locker room before their final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018.

Connor Walker wears a necklace including Saint Sebastian the Patron Saint of Athletes during the final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018. Walker had accidentally forgotten to remove the necklace during the game when he incurred his spinal cord injury.

Connor hugs coach Joe Adam after the final football game of the season at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 10, 2018.

For the first time, Connor looks at the Saint Anselm College football jersey that had to be cut off of him when he sustained his spinal cord injury in his room at his family home in Marlborough on Oct. 25, 2018.


Connor and Jean walk to collect the mail outside of their family home in Marlborough on Nov. 7, 2018. Despite his back pain, Connor knows he must push himself to be physically active if he will be able to return to college in January.

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