Quadriplegic Stands Strong 17 Years After Freak Accident

BERGENFIELD, N.J. — Lauren LaPorta of Bergenfield isn’t even on the treadmill and she’s already shaking.

The 28-year-old had just hoisted herself out of her motorized wheelchair and — ever so slowly — climbed the stairs up to the second level of Retro Fitness Hackensack.

All that was left for her to do was step onto the machine.

“I don’t know what’s wrong with me today,” said LaPorta, several minutes into her second failed attempt at stepping onto the belt.

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