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Ryan Duffy struggles after paralyzing injury

Ryan Duffy blows into a tube to operate his motorized wheelchair as he enters physical therapy with Laura Leitz, right, at Sea Pines Rehabilitation Hospital in Melbourne, Fla. on April 19, 2011. Duffy, a former Barron Collier High School star baseball player, was paralyzed after jumping off a dock in the Florida Keys in August 2010. Duffy struck the shallow bottom head first. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Ryan Duffy blows into a tube to operate his motorized wheelchair as he enters physical therapy with Laura Leitz, right, at Sea Pines Rehabilitation Hospital in Melbourne, Fla. on April 19, 2011. Duffy, a former Barron Collier High School star baseball player, was paralyzed after jumping off a dock in the Florida Keys in August 2010. Duffy struck the shallow bottom head first. Greg Kahn/Staff

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  • Ryan Duffy smiles during physical therapy in Melbourne, Fla. on April 19, 2011. Duffy, a former Barron Collier High School star baseball player, was paralyzed after jumping off a dock in the Florida Keys in August 2010. Duffy struck the shallow bottom head first. Greg Kahn/Staff
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  • Ryan Duffy's sibling Nick, center, assists his brother as they arrive at physical therapy near Duffy's home in Malabar, Fla. on April 19, 2011. Duffy, a former Barron Collier High School star baseball player, was paralyzed after jumping off a dock in the Florida Keys in August 2010. Duffy struck the shallow bottom head first. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Bracelets worn by Ryan Duffy, right, show the different fundraisers created to raise money for Duffy's medical expenses during physical therapy in Melbourne, Fla. on April 19, 2011. Duffy, a former Barron Collier High School star baseball player, was paralyzed after jumping off a dock in the Florida Keys in August 2010. Duffy struck the shallow bottom head first. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Ryan Duffy backs onto a ramp to lift him into his van as Duffy prepares to go to physical therapy near his home in Malabar, Fla. on April 19, 2011. Duffy, a former Barron Collier High School star baseball player, was paralyzed after jumping off a dock in the Florida Keys in August 2010. Duffy struck the shallow bottom head first. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Laura Leitz, director of outpatient services, center, works with Ryan Duffy, right, during physical therapy in Melbourne, Fla. on April 19, 2011. Duffy, a former Barron Collier High School star baseball player, was paralyzed after jumping off a dock in the Florida Keys in August 2010. Duffy struck the shallow bottom head first. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Laura Leitz, director of outpatient services, center, works with Ryan Duffy, right, during physical therapy in Melbourne, Fla. on April 19, 2011. Duffy, a former Barron Collier High School star baseball player, was paralyzed after jumping off a dock in the Florida Keys in August 2010. Duffy struck the shallow bottom head first. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Laura Leitz, director of outpatient services, center, works with Ryan Duffy, right, during physical therapy as Duffy's brother Nick, far left, and caretaker Vickie Zeliff, left, look on, in Melbourne, Fla. on April 19, 2011. Duffy, a former Barron Collier High School star baseball player, was paralyzed after jumping off a dock in the Florida Keys in August 2010. Duffy struck the shallow bottom head first. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Ryan Duffy's mother, Cathy, helps her son get ready to go to physical therapy near their home in Malabar, Fla. on April 19, 2011. Duffy, a former Barron Collier High School star baseball player, was paralyzed after jumping off a dock in the Florida Keys in August 2010. Duffy struck the shallow bottom head first. Greg Kahn/Staff
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  • Ryan Duffy blows into a tube to operate his motorized wheelchair as he enters physical therapy with Laura Leitz, right, at Sea Pines Rehabilitation Hospital in Melbourne, Fla. on April 19, 2011. Duffy, a former Barron Collier High School star baseball player, was paralyzed after jumping off a dock in the Florida Keys in August 2010. Duffy struck the shallow bottom head first. Greg Kahn/Staff
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  • Ryan Duffy back flip
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  • Ryan Duffy, Baseball Athlete of the Year, Barron Collier High School
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