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Hunter Garstin, the Franklin teen who was paralyzed during a wrestling match in December, got a big homecoming Friday.

A crowd cheering for Hunter Garstin is nothing new to the independence high school wrestler

Hunter Garstin says, " I am just amazed, such a blessing."

But instead of rooting him on to win a match, this time  it's for him to win the fight for his life. Garstin sustained a spinal cord injury while wrestling in Alabama on December 7th , 2013...leaving him paralyzed.

Hunter Garstin says, "Honestly the hardest months of my life, one minute I was with the team, the next moment they were saying I was never going to walk again. I was just floored I thought my life was over."

Now, it's just the beginning says Garstin. With the support of family, more than 17,000  friends on the Facebook page filled with supporters,  he stayed #hunterstrong: working on his rehab and making strides. Garstin can now move his toes and arms.

Hailey White, Hunter's sister says, " throughout this whole journey Hunter has been strong and he 's just been the best that he can be."

Garstin's little sister got to finally be with her brother in Franklin today, when he arrived home from rehab in Atlanta with a special homecoming.

Brad Hendrix,  neighbor says, " In traffic coming home from work today, I was crying in my car just thinking about it. It's wonderful that he is coming home , but I just cant imagine how tough its been on them. "

There may be challenges ahead, but Hunter Garstin is ready to take them on with his home tailored to his new life.

Hunter Garstin says, " I still got a long way to go, and I got more rehab here and I am going back to Atlanta so it's not over yet. "

Garstin says his ultimate goal is to walk again. In the meantime, he looking forward to spending time with family, friends, and going back to school.

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