CHAPIN, S.C. – Students at Chapin High School worked all semester to raise thousands of dollars for charity just in time for the holidays, and voted to donate a large portion to a paralyzed athlete.
Chapin High Senior and lacrosse player, Jack Enright, received $3,000 at the high school’s annual “Winter Giving” Assembly. Last year, he suffered a life-threatening spinal injury during a game, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
Enright told us when he first came home from the hospital, he could barely stand with a walker. After months of therapy and a lot of hope, he’s seen amazing improvement and can stand for short periods of time with a cane.
“Just as much progress as possible,” Enright said.
This donation will help Enright pay for three hours of therapy a day at Project Walk, a spinal recovery center in Atlanta, GA.
Enright currently has two one-hour sessions of physical therapy a week. He said this donation is incredibly important for more therapy so he can walk again.
“I just wish I could give back what they’ve given me, but it’s impossible,” he said. “I wouldn’t be able to go to Project Walk without them, it means everything.”
Jack Enright’s classmates say they hope to see him walk across the graduation stage this spring.
The student-led fundraiser raised almost $6,000 since August. In addition to Enright’s donation, Chapin High donated $2,000 to the “Freedom and Hope” foundation helping wounded veterans, and made donations to Camp Kemo, Honor Flight, USO, Palmetto Health, and families in the community.
Students raised the money at football games, and various fundraising events.