Monday, January 02, 2012
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and that your New Year festivities were safe and enjoyable.
Today, I am blogging about a a young man named Luke Hampton. Luke and his family are the focus of my new SWIM For A Cure program. You may recall one of my more recent blogs in which I asked you all to suggest charities and causes that are dear to your heart. One of the responses I received was in regards to Luke. His story is quite emotional and it really hit home, after my cousin, Michael, was injured in a sports-related accident and was in a coma for a good portion of December. In the way that life works, I found myself drawn to the Hampton family's story, and I immediately began working with Luke's friends and family on developing this program's webpage(s). With that being said, I would like to share with you all Luke's story:
On December 3, 2011, just days after becoming the top ranked wrestler in North Carolina, Luke Hampton was severely injured during a wrestling meet. Luke went head first into a wall, which damaged his spine and broke his neck in two places. Shortly after his injury, Luke was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment.
Currently, Luke is paralyzed from the chest down and he is undergoing treatment in Atlanta, where specialists in the field of spinal cord trauma are working diligently on his case.
Luke has a long road ahead of him, and consequently, a fund has been established to aid the Hampton family with medical costs.
As always, 40% of the proceeds from the SWIM For A Cure eStore will go to the Hampton family, and you can also make private donations through the Hampton family PayPal page. (I established a link to their PayPal on my site).
If you have a story similar to this one, or if you would like to make a suggestion, by all means, send me your ideas!
Thank you all for your time. I hope you take a moment to learn more about the Hamptons, and if you feel so compelled to do so, please tweet, post, forward, or blog about it. Hopefully we can all work together to shine some light into a dark situation.
I have some fun stuff that I am looking to roll out in the next 2-3 weeks, so keep an eye on my Facebook page and your inbox for updates!
Have a good one!