Giving is the best gift — if that isn’t a proverb then you can quote me on it from now on. There is simply nothing better than giving back. As you follow along this blog you’ll find more and more stories about The Woody Foundation and it’s mission of helping people living with paralysis. The foundation started in 2011 after my cousin James “Woody” Beckham sustained a spinal cord injury that has bound him to a wheelchair & paralyzed from the chest down.
Pictured above you’ll see Woody and I presenting The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis a gift from our 6th Annual Golf Classic that happens every spring. The Buoniconti Fund is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. With the worlds best doctors and researches in their field right in our back yard, we are so very lucky to watch their progress on the front lines.
In the mid 1990’s a family friend of mine, Anna, took me to a 5K walk on Miami Beach on a Saturday morning for The Miami Project. I never really thought that much about it as I was only in elementary school and just went along because Anna said we were going to show support for a fellow student’s at school whose dad was a founder of the organization. She was always bringing me to different events like that and made an effort to help as much as she could. Looking back now there were several lessons learned that morning for the walk but one that really sticks out is how important it is to show up! Being there to support someone’s mission makes a difference! Even if you tell one person about the work that the organization does then you have helped spread awareness. It is true that money is important but giving your time is also a huge help. So when you can and your schedule allots consider joining a community event because you never know what the future will bring and how the phrase “find a cure” might become relevant in your circle.
Fast forward to 2011, little did I know Woody would be in the hospital recovering from a spinal cord injury. A few hours after his first surgery he took part in a study put on by The Miami Project to help future spinal cord injury patients. Finding a cure to end paralysis is constantly in the forefront of my mind today. I pray that one day soon Woody will tower over me again when we are standing side by side or that we can go fishing together.
Please check out the current happenings at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis as they are making a huge strides in research every day. The scientists, researchers, clinicians, and support staff work tirelessly to expand our knowledge on SCIs and TBI to hopefully find a cure. Check out their work here.
Want to get involved and be a part of The 7th Annual Woody Golf Classic that will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter a team, fund a sponsorship, volunteer or get more information.