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For Immediate Release:
November 10, 2017
Media Contact:
Jennifer Piedra
jennifer.piedra@jhsmiami.org
786-525-9078

PARALYZED COLLEGE RUGBY PLAYER TO DONATE $26,000 TO JACKSON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL

Over the last seven years, James “Woody” Beckham has donated more than $150,000 to Jackson for therapeutic equipment for spinal cord injury patients
Who:

James “Woody” Beckham; Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital staff; The Woody Foundation Board

What:

Nearly seven years ago, James “Woody” Beckham was playing in a college rugby game when he was tackled and left paralyzed from the chest down. Beckham was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. For two months following his injury, Woody underwent intense therapy at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital and continued outpatient therapy at the hospital for a year.

To honor Woody, the Beckham family and friends created The Woody Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that raises money to improve the lives of people living with paralysis. In June, at Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove, the Foundation hosted the 7th Annual Lionfish Bash fishing tournament, where participants caught lionfish, an invasive species that poses a threat to the ocean ecosystem in local Atlantic waters.

This year, the Woody Foundation will donate $26,000 to Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital – money raised at the summer fishing tournament. Over the past seven years, the Woody Foundation has donated more than $150,000 to Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital to buy new therapeutic equipment and help fund the recreation therapy program.

Woody, now 29, grew up in Miami, and said he hopes the donation will allow other spinal cord injury and patients to continue enjoying activities in the water through Jackson’s recreation therapy program. For more information on The Woody Foundation, visit http://www.woodyfoundation.org.

When: November 13, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Where:

Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital, Spinal Cord Injury Gym
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Editor's Note:

Media can park in the Park Plaza West (green) garage.

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Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136