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Let's go DeShanaro

Outstanding News reporter Lou Michel has a story in Friday's paper updating the status of DeShanaro Morris, the Sweet Home junior and All-Western New York honoree who was a major part of the Panthers' state championship football team.

Morris returned home Thursday, a day after his release from Erie County Medical Center. He is paralyzed but a great source of hope is that he has feeling in his legs, which lead to doctors calling it an "incomplete injury."

“If I had a complete injury, I wouldn’t be able to recover and walk
again, and I am going to walk again,” the determined 16-year-old told Michel. “The
doctors say seven months, eight months, a year. It depends on when my
nerves heal.”

In a season filled with history-making teams, jaw-dropping plays and outstanding players, Morris was a must-see playoff performer. The only thing he hit harder than the hole as a running back were opposing ball-carriers as a linebacker. In talking to effervescent Morris after games, I got the impression that he was so very thankful for the opportunities he had, even has he was making the most of them.

In reading the story, I can only think that if Morris will take that same approach to his rehabilitation and recovery. Here's wishing him and his family the best.

---Keith McShea

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