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Punch Out Paralysis a Big Hit

Punch Out Paralysis a Big Hit

The amazingly inspirational Eric LeGrand has done it once again. Today he held the second annual Punch Out Paralysis fundraiser at the Clark, NJ CKO Kickboxing Center. This event, conceived and organized by one of Eric’s close high school friends, Nicole Gregus raised funds for and awareness of Spinal Cord Injury research.

Nicole came up the idea for the event after attending a Zumba fundraiser for Eric a few years earlier. She explained that she participated but could not dance at all and walked off the floor shortly after the event began, having made her donation in full. She drew on her experience as a member of the local CKO Kickboxing and how much she enjoyed that activity. She approached the owners and asked if they could help out. The rest as they say is history. Today’s event was a huge success, selling out all available spaces and having several dozen folks on a waiting list.

Participants beat up the bags for a great cause at the 2nd Annual Punch Out Paralysis event at CKO Kickboxing at Clark, NJ Photo by Brian Hester

Eric is an inspirational and tireless champion of fundraising for Spinal Cord Injury research. He has come up with several unique events, including a flag football tournament, a corn hole competition, as well as working with close friends such as Nicole who provide additional ideas such as today’s CKO Kickboxing event. One of Eric’s latest concepts is a clothing line featuring his signature “Roll Model 52” logo, a play on words using the spelling ROLL with the “O” being a wheel chair. See photos below;

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A few words from Eric and friends, Nicole, Charlie and Ron.

Eric poses for a photo with sponsor from Eat Clean Bro. They always provide tasty, nutritious food. Photo by Brian Hester
Event sponsors and owners of the Clark, NJ CKO Kickboxing pose for a photo with Eric. Photo by Brian Hester
Participants pose for a post event photo with Eric. Photo by Brian Hester

THANK YOU to all those that gave up their Sunday to come out and support such an eminently worthy cause. Thank you to the sponsors CKO Kickboxing and Eat Clean Bro. Below please find a gallery of participant photos. I attempted to capture a few photos of each participants, my most sincere apologize if I missed anyone. And thank you for not making contact with or punching me while I got in close for these photos. Enjoy.

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Brian Hester is a New York City based freelance photographer covering any nature of event including but not limited to; breaking news, sports, entertainment, fashion, nature and whatever may catch his wandering eye. Since 2011 Brian, has been covering community events and high school sports for North Jersey Media Group and their successor Gannett USA Today. His clients include Rutgers University and Monmouth Athletics. ​You can see more of his work at

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