THIBODAUX, La. (AP) -- A weekend fundraising event in Thibodaux is part of an effort to help a man paralyzed during a 2002 football game return to a California rehabilitation center.
It will take $40,000 to get former Thibodaux High player Myron Wright back to the rehab center, according to The Daily Comet (http://bit.ly/zjSHYH). Money raised at Saturday's fifth annual Myron Wright Foundation banquet in Thibodaux will help the effort.
Wright, who is now 26, was paralyzed in 2002 while playing football for Thibodaux High in a game against H.L. Bourgeois. The wide receiver was paralyzed from the shoulders down. He hopes to make it back to Project Walk, a treatment facility in Carlsbad, Calif., for a third visit in his effort to walk again.
Wright stayed at the rehab center for about two months in 2009. There were hours of grueling exercises every day.
"The goal is to reactivate your nervous system, to reconnect the signal between your brain and your limbs," he said. "It's very, very intense. It's one of the hardest things I've ever imagined."
Success is not guaranteed, he said.
"My goal is to come back home walking again," he said. "Unfortunately not everyone gets to make that goal. It's in God's hands."
Wright graduated from Nicholls State University in December 2010. When he returns from California, he plans to open a sports apparel and merchandise store.
"I'm just anxious," he said of his return to the rehab center. "It feels good."
Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com