EAST HANOVER, N.J. (AP) A New Jersey high school senior with cerebral palsy found her prom date in a former Rutgers University football player who was sidelined because of a spinal cord injury.

NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/1tmQdr8 ) 25-year-old Eric LeGrand accompanied Gianna Brunini to Hanover Park High School's prom on Thursday night.

The 18-year-old Brunini has been in a wheelchair since she was diagnosed when she was 2. She befriended LeGrand when they both attended therapy sessions.

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The pair bonded over therapy dogs and racing down hallways in their motorized chairs.

He gave a motivational speech at Brunini's school last month and asked her up to stage and to the prom.

LeGrand has championed spinal cord research since suffering a paralyzing injury during a 2010 game.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.