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Talented graphic designer. Enthusiastic youth group leader. Avid cyclist. Disciplined athlete. Ambitious graduate student. Eternal optimist. Newly paralyzed. Nick Younglove was just hitting his stride when a tragic injury paralyzing him from the chest down turned his life upside-down and now threatens not only to take away those things he loved, but his ability to take care of himself.

While on a family reunion in Michigan on July 18, 2017, the 27-year-old from Lisle, Ill., shattered his C6 vertebrae in his spinal column when he dove into an area of shallow water while playing with his younger cousins. He was immediately rushed to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind., where he underwent extensive emergency surgery. He now faces an extremely arduous road to recovery.