At this point in my life its getting more difficult to carry out the blessings that God has given me the ability as far as making a difference at the Shiley Ryan AbilityLab. I  mentor to newly injured spinal cord patients. With the Gridiron Alliance I travel across the country speaking to catastrophic injured athletes. Which has become extremely difficult behind the fact that I no longer have a Van.  As a high school football coach it is super imperative that I be able to travel not only back and forth to practice and games but also help transport players and equipment. Even though this very sport that played a part in taking away my ability to walk, its still a game that I will always love, respect and forever be apart of my life! Since helping pass the law in the state of Illinois I've been diligently trying to get this law passed across the Country. Only a few states have the law implemented to this very day. The name of this law is called: (Catostrophic Injury Insurance Law) which protects kids if they were catostrophically injured. Schools have insurance for injuries such as a broken arm/leg, but not if its a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.   Without this law we have milions of high school athletes, parents, and coaches not knowing that they are unprotected against such injuries. I need your help with funding for a new wheelchair accessible VAN this is extremely important in giving me the ability to go out and do the things God blessed me to be able to do.  So for a brand new wheelchair accessible VAN equipped with the tools that is needed to get me around safely.  It will cost more than $ 50,000 dollars. I'll be campaigning for the next 90 to 180 days for my wheelchair acessible VAN. The urgency is definitely needed within the timeframe given because this will give me the opportunity to travel cities and states across this great country once again.   Continuing my journey in changing lives and renewing spirits from an emotional, spiritual, mental and physical stand point. I live my life by my motto: "I'm Blessed To Be Able"! I pray that God bless you to help me bless others! This is a little of my story. On October 8, 1988 the day my life forever changed.  I became a quadripalegic that left me paralyzed from the neck down, while playing high school football. From the initial diagnosis I was told  that I would only be able to blink for the rest of my life as the only form of communication. I wouldn't be able to talk or breathe on my own, eat solid foods, or have children. My life expectancy was told to be ten years and yet everything the doctors said I couldnt do God has blessed me to be able to do. Since that moment God has blessed me with a voice for Motivational Speaking, High School Football  Coach, Peer Mentor at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and Ceo of The Gridiron Alliance,  where we help other high school athletes that suffer catastrophic injuries across the country. I also was blessed with having a beautiful daughter that has just turned 24. In 2014, I helped passed a law to get catastrophic injury insurance in the state of Illinois signed off by Govenor Quinn. Soon to be author of my book "How 8 Seconds Changed My Life". Which is an autobiogrphy about my life as it was the first 8 seconds of the game that I got hurt.  CAN I GET A VAN


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