Kolton "Kole" Smith was a 17-year-old Durant high school offensive lineman at the time of his accident. 

On Friday, June 29th, 2018, at approximately 3:30pm, Kole was in a single vehicle accident while driving home. His truck flipped and he was ejected. After being airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, the family learned that he had broken his back. Kolton went on to graduate from his wheelchair, started driving again and continues therapy to stay healthy. 

Kolton loves fishing and also received his FAA license to fly a Phantom Drone. 

Kolton would like to start activity based therapy at a cost of $1440 month so all donations are helpful. You can donate directly to his gofundme here:

Upon learning of Koltons accident, we granted an adaptive fishing trip and a weekend retreat for his family during Natl SCI Awareness Month.

Mission Statement:

To extend the OPPORTUNITY for recovery and a better quality of life for FLORIDA residents who have suffered 

a life changing paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury as a result of a catastrophic accident. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

The average newly injured person with a spinal cord injury will incur 1 million dollars in medical costs in their first year. If you are injured at age 25, your estimated lifetime costs will exceed 5 million dollars.  The average yearly medical costs after the first year can average $50,000-$100,000 depending on the level of injury. 

​ There are approximately 17,500 new spinal cord injuries in the US every year. There are over a half million people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States.

Every 38 minutes in our country, a person becomes paralyzed. Vehicle accidents are the leading cause, with Falls being the second leading cause.

Sports related injuries are less than 10% of all spinal cord injuries but of the 10%, diving accidents account for 7%. 

There are over 5.6 million people in the US living with some type of Paralysis caused by Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer,

Spinal Cord Injury, Transverse Myelitis and other nervous system disorders. Roughly 1 in 50 people.



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