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On Sunday, March 9, 2008, the lives of Woody Morgan and his family changed in an instant. Woody, a 6’5″, 200 lb. University of Georgia sophomore and stellar student, an excellent athlete and former captain of the Grady High School soccer team, an outgoing young man with a big smile, warm handshake, and engaging laugh, broke five vertebrae in his neck in a freak body surfing accident in the Gulf of Mexico.

After spending a week in intensive care in Pensacola, Woody was flown to Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta where he spent several months in recovery. His long-term prognosis is unknown, but he is currently paralyzed from the waist down with limited movement of his upper body and arms. Amazingly, despite the nature of his injuries, Woody has inspired everyone with his remarkably positive attitude and determined spirit. He is working long and exhausting hours in physical therapy with a goal of returning to UGA as soon as possible. We all believe he will make it back!

Updates (2)

May 12, 2015

Tulane University's Green Room interview with Woody:

September 12, 2014

Wonderful tv spot about Woody:


February 13, 2010

Congratualtions on all your accomplishments!

Alpha Sunday School at DHPC, Atlanta, GA

July 26, 2008

I saw you at the Grady Fashion Show but couldn't get to you. You looked great. My prayers are with you and I know in the end you will come out on top. Good luck to you as you start school. Please let me know if there's anything I can do.
Judith Gott

Judith Gott, Atlanta

July 26, 2008

Hey Woody, I wish you all the love and support that I can give! Keeping working hard! I know you will see results. My prayers are with you. Much Love!

Reed Gott