family out. The foundation has some corporate sponsors but individual donations help out tremendously.
While every athlete and parent hopes this will never happen to them, we can do our part to help out and insure if another catastrophic injury happens that they will have access to financial help. Please consider making a donation at the final home game against Pine Tree on November 8, 2013. That night we will have tables set up at both the home and visitors entrance taking donations. 100% of the money we take in will be donated to the Gridiron Heroes.
"I had the opportunity to meet the Canales family a few years back at a Continuing Education Conference," Hargrove said." "They spoke of how Chris's injury changed their lives forever and after seeing another student athlete injured, they knew they had to help out. I was inspired and wanted to find a way to help out and when I found out the next project was helping a student athlete from Pine Tree, I knew we had to get involved. We may be opponents on the field but we should help out our neighbors anytime we can".
Just as Pine Tree's athlete suffered his Spinal cord injury in the weight room, injuries can happen with any sport. In the late 1980's Mount Pleasant had a baseball player broke his neck in a collision at home plate. Just recently, October 25, Commerce high school had a football player break his neck in the game and is undergoing treatment now.
Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation was formed in 2003 with a specific mission: To provide immediate, as well as, long term resources and support to individuals sustaining catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football.
On November 2, 2001, Chris Canales, a senior defensive back playing for San Marcos Baptist Academy, sustained a spinal cord injury during the fourth quarter of his final regular season game. Chris lay motionless on the field for 19 minutes.
"Our goal is to raise awareness and money for Spinal Cord Injuries and the Gridiron Heroes" explained Justin Hargrove, MPHS Head Athletic Trainer. "On October 11th of this year Puma Orange Sneakers
In November of 2002, Chris and Eddie were in attendance at the Texas 3A State Championship football game in the Alamodome, in San Antonio.
Inspired by the compassion of Chris, Eddie and Mike Kipp formed Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation. Articles of Incorporation were filed in February of 2003, and a 501(C) 3 Tax exempt status was obtained in May of the same year. Through a grant written by Eddie and his dad, Coach Robert M. Canales, funds received helped kick off its first year.
what he (Corey) is going to go through, and you know what the family will have to go through."the Grid Iron Heroes made a donation to a Pine Tree High School athlete who was injured in a weight room accident two years ago. The Gridiron Heroes purchased a handicap accessible van for the student athlete and donated it to the family".
Receiving calls from other states has shown a need for the work that is being done. Gridiron Heroes has taken step towards helping others nationwide. There have been others who suffered this similar injury in the past. Unfortunately and inevitably there will be more. Rest assured that Gridiron Heroes will be there for the next family who finds themselves in this life changing situation.
Mount Pleasant Tigers support Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation
There they witnessed another spinal cord injury. This time it was Everman defensive back, Corey Fulbright. Chris turned to his Dad and said, "We need to go and help them. I know Puma Sneakers For Boys
The next three weeks, Chris fought for his life. The following months he battled through rehabilitation trying to gain movement and learning how to function as a quadriplegic. Chris' injury and the lack of any organized support system for families prompted his father, Eddie Canales, the Canales family, and former coach Mike Kipp to begin discussions about the desperate need for an organization for families who were forced to deal with the consequences of this devastating injury.
The Mount Pleasant Tigers have been taking part in the Fill the Helmet Campaign to raise money for the foundation.
Even with health insurance and school district catastrophic insurance policies families can be out a lot of money and Foundations such as the Grid Iron Heroes can step in and help the Puma Driving Shoes Blue
Fill the helmet is a donation drive to raise money for the Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation. Inspired by the Valley Athletic Trainers Association playoff Fill the Helmet campaign, we want to take a proactive approach to helping young athletes who sustain catastrophic spinal cord injuries. Before each Varsity home games we will have students at the gates with Helmets to collect money. 100% of the donations will Puma Mens Shoes White go to the Gridiron Heroes Foundation.
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