My name is James "Woody" Beckham; I suffered a spinal cord injury in 2011 playing rugby. After my injury I discovered various types of devices to regain my independence. My self-confidence has grown because I have eliminated the need for help from others in various situations. Creating a collection of assistive devices for people with limited hand functioning came to mind after my personal challenges of adjusting to my new daily life.
That is how the Woody Pack was born and, at The Woody Foundation, we're thrilled to be sharing it with you today.
The Woody Foundation gives out different gifts for those who are improving the lives of people with paralysis. As per the mission of the Foundation we like to reach many people and know that creating partners in the community is the only way to spread our mission. So in 2013 we started sponsoring a Chair Yoga class that is held every Monday and Thursday from 2:15-3:15 at Dharma Yoga in Coconut Grove, FL. Free class to all those who would like to join - benefits people who have suffered spinal cord injures, strokes, etc. Yoga open to any who would like to participate free of cost.
Beckham handing out a Woody Pack to a young camper at a Miami-Dade summer camp. This Pack as a collection of assistive devices that help people with limited hand mobility complete daily tasks on their own.
To help make an impact on people's direct lives The Woody Foundation seeks a Miami Herald Wish Book participant each year. A young boy named Pedrito, who is living with paralysis with the help of his social worker made a wish for a laptop and printer. These items would help him complete his school work. Not only did we grant his wish but Woody continues to tutor one-on-one with Pedrito and takes him to different events around Miami. (The two pictured at an art show)
David Mills and James "Woody" Beckham are life-long friends and God-brothers. Mills, who in 2011 was just a junior in high school created the first Woody Foundation event called The Lionfish Bash because he wanted to show support for his friend. Since then the event has raised over $100,000 and the foundation has purchased equipment for neurological and spinal cord patients at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital.
A spinal cord injury does only effect the patient, it effects all people around them. Family members are often the first care-takers for a spinal cord patient. We have found that it is important to show appreciation to support team. Woody Beckham has a great support group, he is pictured with his older brother Will Beckham, IV and his father Bill Beckham; they both work hard to make the Found a success and would do anything for Woody.
The Woody Pack is a collection of assistive devices. These devices help those who have limited hand mobility due to paralysis. The devices allow a person to complete every day activities such as: writing with a pen, answering a phone, eating with a fork or brushing their teeth. Typically it is taking a successful item and adapting it in a new way. By giving away these back packs with assistive devices we are helping bridge the transition period during rehabilitation to getting back to regular life post injury. To be independent is a goal of every person and with the assistive devices this goal is achievable for everyone.