Edison / Liberty City

Paralyzed rugby player to donate $18,000 to Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital


The Woody Foundation, created in honor of a paralyzed South Florida college rugby player, on Tuesday will donate $18,000 to Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital.

Nearly three years ago, James “Woody” Beckham, then a FAU student, was tackled during a rugby game against the University of Miami and left paralyzed from the chest down.

Beckham, now 24, was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

For two months following his injury, he underwent intense therapy at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital and continued outpatient therapy at the hospital for a year.

To show their appreciation, the Beckham family created the foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that has already raised thousands of dollars to aid in the recovery of spinal cord injury patients.

The check presentation will be made at 3:30 p.m. at the hospital at 1611 NW 12th St.

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