Paralysis can't stop his dreams
Muir High to honor inspirational graduate
By Cortney Fielding Staff Writer
Article Launched: 01/07/2007 11:06:45 PM PST

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It was the second game of the junior varsity season, and John Muir High School was trailing visiting St. Francis with 4 1/2 minutes left until halftime.
Muir's quarterback threw a 50-yard pass on third down, and Wright watched as a St. Francis defender plucked the ball from the air for an interception.
A 15-year-old running back who also played linebacker, Wright said he didn't think twice before going for a tackle he had made many times before.
"I tried to hit the guy squarely," he said. "But I knew when I made impact with him. I felt the contact on the left side of my helmet. It felt like a lightning bolt hit me."
Wright never got up again.
"When I got injured, I was young and healthy and strong, ambitious. I had dreams and goals," he says of life before the accident. "Just one split second changed everything."
The 45-year-old Altadenan has lived as a quadriplegic for the past 30 years, paralyzed from the neck down and unable to breathe without the aid of a respirator.