At the age of 12, John Fair III suffered a T-5 spinal cord injury while undergoing corrective surgery following a diagnosis of Scoliosis at the age of two years old. As a growing child, the curve of the spine reached 140 degrees and began interfering with John’s lung function and eventually would have caused irreparable damage to his heart.
At this point, surgery was the only option. In August of 2006, John underwent corrective surgery. Upon awaking from surgery, he had no feeling from his chest down. The rods were removed with the hope that this would relieve any pressure, but that was not the case. At the age of 12, John became a spinal cord injury (SCI) survivor.
Nothing could prepare John and his family for this drastic change as they began their journey after SCI. This lead to the creation of The John Fair III Spinal Cord Injury Foundation.
Today, John is a college student and is actively involved in wheelchair sports. He is an integral part of The River Performance Arts Troupe where he is able to demonstrate his singing and acting abilities inspite of his paralysis. Each day brings new challenges, but also a new opportunity to reach new heights with his injury.
The John Fair III Spinal Cord Injury Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all SCI survivors. We work to create events that are wheelchair friendly and focused on giving disabled individuals the opportunity to experience fun and exciting events. Through fellowship and support, we create a strong network of SCI survivors and their familiies that can offer advice, referrals, and more.
In addition to our mission to provide enrichment activities for people with disabilities, the Foundation strives to spread disability awarenes nationwide. Our goal is to reach millions with the message of MOVE SOMEONE WHO CAN'T which inspires people to give respect, consideration, and care for each other despite physical differences and abilities.
The Foundation was inspired by John's incredible story, but it is his unwavering zest for life and the passion we see in teens and adults attending our events and activities that keeps us going.
We cannot continue without your help! Please consider a tax deductible gift or volunteering at an upcoming event.