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North Reading’s Coppola continues fight from crippling injury

At age 20, Jared Coppola has endured more than his share of challenges.

Every Thursday, after his classes at the University of New Hampshire, Coppola climbs into his mobility-equipped Ford Focus —hand pedals control the brakes and accelerator — and drives to his family’s home in North Reading to prepare for his rehabilitation schedule the following day. He wakes up early, off to Boston at 7 for his three-hour workout at Boston Medical Center. After a quick lunch back at home, he heads to Canton, and from 1:30 to 3:30, he works out at Journey Forward, a nonprofit that strives to better the lives of those with spinal cord injuries.

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