Fighting to Walk Again

March 8, 2014 was a Saturday near the end of a long, cold winter in Ohio. The high temperature that day was a brisk 46 degrees. The low, 30. The details of the weather are now mostly relegated to almanacs, except in the memory of Greer Rouda. The continued hold of winter meant there was still time for cold weather activities. And so it was that Rouda took his snow mobile out for a spin, only to hit a hole in an ice patch. The machine jarred and stopped abruptly, sending Rouda more than 80 feet through the air. He suffered a fracture and faced the prospect of life as one of the 450,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury.

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The University of Notre Dame’s award-winning “What Would You Fight For?” series showcases the work, scholarly achievements, and global impact of Notre Dame faculty, students, and alumni. These two-minute segments, each originally aired during a home football game broadcast on NBC, highlight the University’s proud moniker, the Fighting Irish, and tell the stories of the members of the Notre Dame family who fight to bring solutions to a world in need.

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