In early February, Jeremy Douglass, senior business administration major, suffered a debilitating accident that left him with a shattered vertebrae, causing him to lose sensation and movement below his waist.
According to his fundraising page, Douglass was painting his local church atop a 30-foot scissor lift, when a tire on the lift hit a hole in the ground, causing it to fall.
Douglass had to medically withdraw from UCF with just three classes separating him from graduation, and now family and friends are looking to fundraise to get Douglass a truck that is wheelchair accessible with hand controls and a lifting seat.
After undergoing two surgeries and receiving rehabilitation therapy for the past month since the accident, Douglass' movement ability has improved, and doctors are optimistic about his ability to continue to take part in his hobbies and goals: fishing, traveling and graduating from UCF.
More than $20,000 was raised so far to aid his rehabilitation, but about $10,000 remain to reach the fundraising goal.
"We would love your help in reaching this goal for Jeremy so that he can find a full-size truck that he can get modified to better suit his current life in a wheelchair," his girlfriend Heather Haines wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Donations can be made at gofundme.com/jeremydouglass.
Nada Hassanein is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @nhassanein_or email her at NadaH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.