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NEW ORLEANS Injured Tulane football player Devon Walker released a statement one of his first since the senior fractured his spine thanking well-wishers and the outpouring of support he received.

'Thank you everyone for your prayers and well-wishes. This has been so hard on my family and friends. I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for your generosity and support. I especially want to thank everyone who sent cards and letters. I read each and every one,' said Walker in a released statement.

Fundraisers have been held, both on and off campus, to help Walker and his family defray some of the costs associated with his medical care. Walker was injured Sept. 8 in a game against Tulsa.

'They give me the inspiration to keep on pushing. Your words of encouragement are helping me so much. Thank you also to those who organize, attend and contribute in countless ways to the many fundraisers being held in my honor. I am truly blessed. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. -- Love You All, Devon Walker #18,' said the statement.

The Walker family released a statement on Devon's progress, the road ahead for him and how the support has uplifted Devon:

'Devon is in good spirits and getting stronger every day. His days are filled with classes to educate him on his injury and the effect it has on his body, as well as therapy, therapy, and more therapy. He went outside into the garden recently and felt the sun; that was the best therapy of all! His spirits are high and he's moving full speed ahead. Thanks to all of you who have reached out to inspire him with your personal stories of success after similar injuries. Please continue to pray for God's guidance as his physicians and healthcare professionals work toward his recovery. -- The Walker Family,' said the statement.

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