Over the last nine years, James “Woody” Beckham has donated more than $210,000 to Jackson for therapeutic equipment for spinal cord injury patients

Nearly nine 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.

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 9th 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, on Woody’s 31st birthday, the Woody Foundation will donate $31,000 to Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital – money raised at the summer fishing tournament. Over the past nine years, the Woody Foundation has donated $211,000 to Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital to buy new therapeutic equipment and help fund the recreation therapy program.

Woody 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.