In 2003, former Spanaway Lake football player Logan Seelye broke his neck at a football camp at Central Washington University.
Here are his words about the ordeal:
My name is Logan Seelye. At the young age of 16 years old, on July 2, 2003 my life forever changed; I broke my neck and suffered a spinal injury while playing at football camp at Central Washington University. Now, to most people who have gone through any setback or troubles in life, the reasonable thought that would come to mind when you get paralyzed is to ask “Why me?”, but if you know anything about me, that is the last thing that I thought. Matter of fact, my first thought was “I hope the other guy is okay.” Now understand this before I go on, my life prior to July 2, 2003 was pretty much perfect. I was an A student, on the rise and getting recruited to play D1 football, had the perfect girlfriend and great friends, and just about everything else in my life was perfect. I was on top of the world and lived my life optimistically with the “glass is half full” mentality, then boom, I break my neck and my world comes crumbling down on top of me.
Laying on the ground motionless and not being able to move, I laid there conscious and aware of what was going on. I was immediately taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to Harbor View in Seattle for spinal surgery. I was told that as a result of the injury, that I would never be able to have feeling or movement from the nipples down. A couple of days after surgery I was still unable to move anything below my neck with the slightest of strength in my shoulders. This is where I decided that the words “no” and “I can’t” will never be a part of my vocabulary. I could have laid there pissing and moaning about “Why me?” and why did this injury happen to me and so on and so forth, but that is not the person I am. I believe everything happens for a reason because God has his plans for us all and they form in the most unusual of ways. Over the course of the next couple of weeks and months of intense and grueling physical therapy, I was able to get some feeling and movement back in my arms, hands, legs, feet, etc. The instant I started therapy my “never give up and give it all you’ve got” mentality kicked in. I forced myself to push and push until I could give no more and once I hit that point I pushed through it and kept going. Around October of the same year, I stood up for the first time and took a couple of steps in the walking bars. It was at that moment where all my hard work and efforts showed, and believe you me, that was just the beginning of the long road I had ahead of me.
It is now April 5, 2013 and I am just as thankful and blessed as any other person who gets to wake up and live another day. Over the course of the past 9 ½ years since my injury I have had to endure more than most people will in their entire lives, but that is why I am who I am and why I live my life with such a positive outlook and attitude. I can walk with the assistance of a walker, drive a car, I go to the gym religiously, and I still live my life with “the glass is half full” mindset. That perfect life I told you I had before my injury, well it still is. I continued my schooling and went on to graduate from college at Central Washington and receive my Bachelor’s degree all while having a GPA of 3.3 and gave the commencement speech to my fellow classmates. That girlfriend I had when I got injured, well she ended up staying with me through thick and thin and we got married on August 16, 2009. We bought a house and now live together and share our lives with one another each and every day, and we are proud parents of our beautiful 14 month old daughter Skylar. I still have great friends and have made a ton of more great friends through school, life, and business. As I write this right now, I have many goals and dreams I strive to achieve in my life whether it is financially, physically or emotionally, and I will complete and reach them all with unending drive.
He is trying to raise money to purchase a device called “Walk Aide.” It is expensive. If you feel like donating, or want to check out some of his journal entries, look at his Website.