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I am John R.”JR” Owens, a resident of Pride, LA. In 2006, I was involved in a motorcycle accident which left me with a C4, C5 spinal cord injury that ended my football dreams. I am paralyzed from the shoulders down. I have always been very active, and I love to be with people. When I was in high school I had a roofing job, and played football for Northeast, lettering in my freshman year. I am now an assistant coach at Central High, and love the job and working with the team. I also love hunting, fishing, and just being outdoors.

For the past three years I have been learning about intensive physical therapy programs that help people with injuries similar to mine regain strength and function. I have been in contact with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for guidance in this area and their feeling is that the benefits of these intense rehab programs actually help in many areas — from improved health to near miraculous recoveries. Unfortunately, my insurance does not pay for these programs.

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March 14, 2013

My husband and I are praying for you!

Earl and Roxanne Atkinson