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February 4th, 2011
09:51 AM ET

CNN Hero: Turning tragedy into opportunity

Two moments changed Eddie Canales’ life - both occurred at a football game.

In 2001, Canales watched as his son Chris, a high school senior, made a tackle that left him paralyzed. Just over a year later, he and Chris watched from the stands as another high school player went down with a spinal cord injury. That moment pushed Eddie Canales to start Gridiron Heroes, which provides emotional and financial support to athletes who’ve sustained spinal cord injuries playing high school football. It’s a fraternity that now includes 19 injured players in the state of Texas.

Today on American Morning we hear from CNN Hero Eddie Canales. To nominate a CNN Hero, visit

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