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AMAZING PACE: ECU graduate walks away from paralysis

(Dec. 15, 2011)   —   Students of sociology are familiar with the Thomas theorem.

“If men define their situations as real,” it states, “they are real in their consequences.”

That premise and her family’s prayers are what carried East Carolina University graduate Jill Allender through an injury few people survive. Jill was confined to a hospital bed when she officially graduated in May. This week, she will finally celebrate the completion of a master’s degree with honors in applied sociology.