Logan Seelye has met one goal and is a step closer to reaching another one.
On Friday night, the 26-year-old Spanaway resident exceeded his online fundraising goal of $20,000 to get a WalkAide, a medical device that will help him walk easier without assistance and hopefully help him learn to walk again. He started the fundraiser two months ago for the experimental device, which isn’t covered on his insurance.
Seelye suffered a neck and spinal injury in July 2003 at a summer football camp at Central Washington University when he collided with another player during a scrimmage. The Spanaway Lake High School junior was left paralyzed, but has made major progress in the last 10 years.
He was originally told by doctors that he would likely never have feeling or movement from the chest down, but friends and family say his positive attitude has proven those predictions false.
“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it,” Seelye said in an earlier interview with a reporter.
With his goal met, Seelye will use the remainder of the money raised from now until the fundraiser closes on June 20 to start a scholarship fund at Spanaway Lake High School. He hopes to continue raising money annually for the scholarship, according to his website, and plans to start a golf tournament to sustain the fund.
“It has always been a goal of mine to give back to the community in any way possible, and I can’t think of a better way than to assist a young man or woman on their way to college,” he said in a message to supporters Saturday.
With a little more than $11,000 raised Friday morning, several donations poured in throughout the day, including two donations for $3,000 and $5,000.
Seelye said he doesn’t know either of the parties responsible for the large donation amounts.
A decade after his accident, Seelye is married to his junior high school sweetheart, Jordyn, and the couple are raising their year-old daughter, Skylar, in a house they recently bought. He works full-time as a Web designer at Pacific Lutheran University, and goes to the gym five days a week to continue to build strength.
To read a story about Logan Seelye’s journey and view a photo gallery of pictures then and now, click here.
To read his message to supporters and other fundraiser related posts, go to gofundme.com/help-logan-walk.
Kari Plog: 253-597-8682