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When a motorcycle accident left active duty Commanding Navy Officer Brian DeLaney paralyzed from the armpits down last October, it too the support of his loved ones for him to realize that he still had much to be than ful for! Now, almost a year later, he is being offered a different ind of support! "mbrace is the name of a non#profit organization in which volunteer college students come together and serve the community! $ealing Our $eroes% $omes, or $&, is a sub#program under "mbrace in which volunteers renovate the homes of disabled active duty or veteran officials, and DeLaney is now the seventh candidate selected!

6't was a very difficult recovery,( he said of his accident!
)*s a commanding officer you are the person who ma es things happen, and now ' can%t even get out of bed! "mbrace was purely a coincidence!( DeLaney leaned about "mbrace from his neighbor over man behind the movement, +ean +heppard!
Sean Sheppard, Founder of Embrace

the summer, and became an instant shoo#in for $&! 't wasn%t long before he met face to face with the

6,he idea -for "mbrace. came from being involved in athletics when ' was a strength and conditioning
coach,( said +heppard, who founded "mbrace bac in /000! )1eople come together on a daily basis to win games! ' doesn%t matter who you are or where you came from, you%re in it for the home team!(