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About Me

Before my injury, I was working within the healthcare industry and enjoying hobbies such as golf, guitar, sports and other outdoor activities with my wife and our big golden-doodle, Rory. Today, I am on a path of recovery and rehabilitation, doing physical and occupational therapy sessions four times a week at Vanderbilt and at a private center, doing water therapy, FES cycling and doing whatever it takes to restore motor function. I am also a big advocate of adaptive golf and plan to launch a MusicCityWheels adaptive golf tournament next spring.

I am blessed with a supportive family and have been living in Nashville since I graduated from Vanderbilt in 2013. While at Vanderbilt, I majored in Economics while also playing football. I’ve grown to love this community and its spirit and my journey has also introduced me to incredible mentors who have been a guiding light in my advocacy efforts. Although this was an unexpected twist in my journey and changed many aspects of my life, it hasn't dampened my spirit or drive. This experience has underscored the significance of self-advocacy and determination.

My mission now extends beyond personal recovery. I am mentoring others with similar injuries, aiming to develop a platform to inspire and spark change. One of my primary goals is to advocate for the implementation of a Medicaid Buy-In Program for Tennessee, which would greatly benefit individuals with disabilities like mine.

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Message From Me

In February 2022, a car accident in the rain left me with a C4/C5 incomplete spinal cord injury, paralyzing me from the shoulders down. Confronted with the realities of high costs and caregiving needs, I realized the systemic challenges faced by those with significant disabilities in Tennessee. Currently, we're forced to choose between Medicaid and the right to work and marry. 

Through MusicCityWheels, I'm advocating for change, particularly for initiatives like the Medicaid Buy-In Program. Our goal is a Tennessee where disability doesn't limit one's ability to contribute and thrive. Join us in this crucial advocacy for a more inclusive future.

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MusicCityWheels is a dynamic platform advocating for people with disabilities in Tennessee. We aim to empower the disability community by ensuring access to necessary resources and opportunities. Our focus is on transformative advocacy, particularly in championing the Pathway to TennCare, to improve quality of life. Partnering with organizations like the United Spinal Association and GoFundMe, we drive initiatives that recognize and nurture the potential of every individual in Tennessee. Join us in creating a more inclusive future.

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