Who are we and what do we do?
In the last few years The Jud Hurley Foundation has been able to touch many lives affected by spinal cord injuries as well as Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Lou Gehrig's and Krabbe's. We try and bring a little happiness to a family dealing with an obviously difficult situation. Sometimes this means helping with their most important needs like medical bills, supplies and equipment, while other times it’s a simple family dinner out or a baseball game. We also keep up with and pass on the latest research information and try to help get families going in the right direction after such a catastrophic injury.
In 2007 we were able to help The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Foundation (TIRR Foundation), by donating items to their rec room. We couldn’t do these things without continued contributions from corporate and individual donations. We want to thank all of you for your assistance in making these family’s lives a little better.
The Jud Hurley Foundation
On October 1, 1997, I was returning to Sam Houston State University with a friend from Houston. He fell asleep at the wheel, the car impacted a bridge, and threw me through the windshield 70 feet into a dried up creek. My neck and lower back were broken, and two vertebrae were shattered. Thinking I was dying, I laid paralyzed for three hours waiting for help. I am truly blessed to be alive.
I was taken by Life Flight to Hermann Hospital, where doctors inserted plates and fused a part of a hip bone to my neck. I was then told that I was a quadriplegic and had a mere five percent chance of ever moving anything below my neck.
Due to my competitive nature, I was determined to walk again. I was part of the winning Jr. Little League World Series team in 1991, played baseball in high school, and was attending Sam Houston on a baseball scholarship. My athletic spirit wouldn't allow me to give up.
After 20 days in the hospital, months more at a rehabilitation center and years of outpatient therapy, I now work out every day, can brush my teeth, and feed myself. I am also continuing my education via the internet. I am still physically dependant on my friends and family for a lot which can be very frustrating, but I don’t allow myself to become discouraged.
In February of 2006, I went to China for a surgical procedure to try and repair the damage done to my spine. I will continue to try my best to get out of my wheelchair, and I appreciate all of my friends that are reaching out to help me achieve my goal.
I WILL WALK AGAIN!