Woody Beckham was always involved with sports as a teenager.  After high school, Woody went to play for Florida Atlantic University’s rugby team.  On January 29, 2011, Woody’s life changed after a head first tackle during an away rugby game against the University of Miami.  Woody was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, whereby he learned that he sustained a complete cervical 5-6 spinal cord injury.  During rehab, he was searching for adaptive devices to assist with his activities of daily living, at the same time, realizing he wasn’t the only one in need of such devices.  Once he was discharged from rehab, Woody and his family started the Woody Foundation to provide reintegration, rehabilitation and independence for individuals with paralysis.  The foundation’s first fundraiser, the Lion Fish Bash, which is in its 6th year, raises funds for Jackson Memorial Rehab to assist in purchasing equipment.  Today, the foundation hosts a golf tournament, lobster dinner and the “Woodystock” concert to raise funds for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Shake-A-Leg Miami and Woody Packs, respectively.  Through research and trying-out numerous devices, Woody found, and even developed his own devices, to provide independence.  It was at this time, Woody realized these devices can help others too; ultimately, the Woody Pack was born.  The Woody Pack consists of an adaptive phone holder, pen, cup, fork, spoon, ID, flash-drive with resources and more.  Anyone residing in the Continental United States that has a spinal cord injury can request a Woody Pack free of charge.  For more info on Woody Beckham and how to request a Woody Pack, please visit: www.WoodyFoundation.org

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