Vega, Texas-Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation donated a wheelchair-accessible van to Luis Morales. He was injured while playing high school football last September. Morales collided with a retaining wall after he was pushed out of bounds. The collision caused a C-5/C-6 spinal cord injury. The injury left him paralyzed. This will be the first wheelchair-accessible vehicle the family has used since the incident last year.
The van was presented to the Morales family during halftime at a Friday night football game at Vega High School. The principal, Micah Timmons, said, “So tonight one of our students, Luis Morales, is going to be honored. He is a senior here at Vega High School and last year suffered a spinal cord injury during a game at Wheeler and has been paralyzed through much of his body.” He also says, “The Morales family has been very humble and gracious. They’ve never asked. You know what I mean? They’ve never been the type to ask. But, we want to anticipate their needs so that they never have to ask.”
Eddie Canales, Founder of the Gridiron Heroes says, “We’ve gone and visited with the family earlier in the year and realized we needed to get them a van. His dad had already thrown his back out a couple of times having to lift him into a truck. That can be very trying and hard on the back.” Eddie Canales’s son also suffered a spinal cord injury while playing football, so he knows firsthand what the Morales are going through.
The Gridiron Heroes travels across country acting as a support system for injured high school students and their families. The Gridiron Heroes consists of two brothers, Eddie and Chris Canales. They describe the foundation as “an immediate and long-term resource and support to individuals sustaining catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football.”