Last September, Southern University wide receiver Devon Gales suffered a life-altering event when he was paralyzed from the neck down after a scary hit on a kickoff return against the Georgia Bulldogs. He has since been recovering in Atlanta and has made progress, regaining movement in his arms and hands and feeling in his legs.
On Wednesday, Gales and his family got a huge surprise from some very generous people. The Triumph Over Tragedy Foundation is currently in the process of raising money to build them a fully handicap-accessible house in their hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“House modifications aren’t something insurance pays for. As you can imagine, it’s not cheap,” Wesley Jones, co-founder of the Triumph over Tragedy Foundation and a paraplegic himself due to a childhood accident, told DawgNation. “We’ve been able to help several families and do modifations for homes. Unfortunately, the Gales’ home is one that can’t really be modified. So what we’re here today for is, our foundation is going to launch a campaign starting today, we’re going to raise money and we’re going to build these guys a new home. That’s what they deserve, that’s what we’re going to do.”
The site reported that it was pretty emotional site when Gales and his parents, Donny and Tanisha, were told the news. Donny set in silence and wept while his mother was left in a state of shock.
“I’m surprised,” Donny Gales said. “It took a lot or pressure off of me as far as wondering what I’m going to do or how I’m going to modify the house that we’re in. It’s a three-bedroom house and there’s five of us, and his needs are greater than my other two kids. … Hearing this has just been mind-blowing.”
As for their son, he is determined to get back on his feet one day. He credited God for helping him get to where he is today and said that he knows He will see him through the setback.
“September 26th will be a day I’ll never forget,” he said. “It’s just been a blessing to find out what wonderful people are here. My journey began way before this. I’ve been fighting my whole life. … But this is just a temporary setback. It’s another blessing. I know I’m going to walk out. I know I’m going to have a testimony that I will have to speak on.”
This is truly a terrific story and you can’t be any happier for the Gales family.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to DawgNation