On July 14 2018, a day at the beach turned life-threatening for Jeff. He dove head first into the water and mistakenly hit a sandbar. Jeff was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a spinal fracture that has paralyzed him from the chest down. After spending time in the hospital, Jeff was released to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta.
In his role as a personal trainer at the Hilltop YMCA, Jeff has helped many people meet their fitness goals. In particular, Jeff took special interest in a gentleman named Willie who was in a wheelchair. He spent over 3 years working with him which led Willie to eventually walk and stand. Because of his efforts, the local news covered the story.
Jeff now finds himself in a wheelchair and needing a champion of his own. We are hoping to help his family ready his home by providing funds for renovations that will make it more accessible for Jeff.