On May 21, 2018, former Massillon High School football standout and Hiram College quarterback Robert Partridge became a quadriplegic when he broke his neck in a car accident while on an 8-hour drive home from a family reunion. Now immersed in a game that he never intended to play, Robert is navigating the world of spinal cord injury and learning the hard truth: money dictates recovery and independence. Rob and his family have exhausted their finances on his medical and rehabilitation bills to date.
Rob's personal goals are to live and work on his own as he fights to walk again. His professional goals are to use his Hiram College degree to become a force in the spinal cord injury world in order to shine a light on inequities and help other victims. The dollars you donate will go to equipment, devices, rehab and living expenses that will give Rob more mobility and independence as he puts his football mindset to work to build a self-sustainable and productive life. This includes:
- Active hands workout gloves ($180)
- Vehicle with adaptive equipment and adaptive driving training (approximately $50,000)
- Fold-up portable wheelchair (approximately $2000)
- One year of rehab and living expenses (approximately $48,000)
With the help of a single donor, Rob moved to Stuart, Florida in February 2020 to start intensive rehab. But that donation only covered the move from Massillon and the first months of living and rehab. It will take approximately a year for Rob to transition to living on his own with the equipment he needs to support himself and live the life of purpose that is so important to him.
To help Rob share his story, friends are producing a film called "The Opponent: The Robert Partridge Story" that will document his journey and help him get established as an activist in the spinal cord injury world in order to create change. As a donor through this GoFundMe site, your name will be included in the credits of the film as a member of "Team Rob" and someone who believed in his goals and his mission.
Rob will provide updates on his journey to all donors so you can see how your dollars are changing his life. If you have other ideas of how you would like to support Rob, please email us at [email redacted].
We thank you for reading and watching Rob's story and we look forward to welcoming you to "Team Rob."
- Amanda Lawson
- Shaun Doherty
- Douglas Miller
- Lynne Kopechek
- Preshus Hawthorne