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    Defeating the Odds: CUNY Grad Turned Powerlifter Paves the Way for Aspiring Paraplegic Athletes

    If someone told Garrison Redd in 2006 that he would one day be an athlete training to participate in the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games, he may not have believed them. After being shot by a bullet on the right side of his chest during his senior year of high school, Redd had no choice but to give up his dream of dominating a college football field. And yet even paraplegia couldn’t take away Redd’s natural athleticism and drive for success.  Because of the number of boundaries that exist for individuals with physical disabilities, Redd’s once-intense passion for sports disappeared after becoming paralyzed from the waist down. It wasn’t until years…