When you hear about an award-winning body builder, a mini-marathon winner, and an intramural basketball player, an image of an out standing athlete comes to mind. But how about an outstanding athlete who cannot walk? The 20-year-old Jeff, can claim all of the aforementioned accolades, but there is just one thing; his legs are paralyzed. Now, he is as mentally and physically strong as ever after a car accident left him without the use of his legs two years ago. Jeff plans to attend medical school and become a radiologist. He is currently a sophomore at Ball State University and is majoring in chemistry and exercise science.
“I really don’t want to die like this.” – Jeff
In order to meet his curfew, Jeff left his friends house at midnight on May 21st, 2005. He had about 10 minutes to get back to his parents home in Selma, and his friend lived near the YMCA in Northwest Muncie. He drove in the middle of the narrow back roads, something he did on most nights. The drive home was always uneventful, but not this time. Jeff saw another car coming from the opposite direction as he reached the peak of a hill.
“I swerved off the road to the right and then tried to correct to get back on the road, but I over-corrected and it sent my car over off to the other side into some trees,” he said.
With his car stopped, his cell phone had fallen to the passenger side floor. As Jeff reached over for it so he could call for help, he realized that he couldn