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Background

Employment History

  • Reserve Wide Receiver
    Thibodaux High
  • Football Player
    Thibodaux High School
  • Wide Receiver
    Thibodaux High School
  • Reserve Wide Receiver

Education

  • degree , business administration
    Nicholls State University
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Myron Wright receives ...
www.houmatoday.com, 8 Aug 2011 [cached]
Myron Wright receives his degree from Nicholls State University.
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With a business-management degree in hand, former Thibodaux High School football player Myron Wright said he is ready to double-down on his efforts to walk again.
"I want to try and finish something I started," he said. "I'm asking the community to help me receive another chance."
Wright, then a reserve wide receiver for Thibodaux High, was slammed from behind by a player from the opposing H.L. Bourgeois team during a game the night of Nov. 9, 2002. Bruises and swelling from the injury put pressure on his spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.
Wright, now 25, hopes to make it back to Project Walk, a treatment facility in Carlsbad, Calif., for a third visit. The program is specially designed for people with spinal-cord injuries.
He said that he put his goal of returning to California on hold while he finished his studies at Nicholls State University. Wright graduated in December.
"I wanted to focus on school," he said, adding that it frequently meant cutting back on exercising. "I put a lot of work into it."
Wright said he plans to open a sports-apparel store. Since graduating, he has been putting together a business plan.
Making the return trip to Project Walk, which comes with an $86,000-a-year price tag, is not easy, and Wright said he is relying on the community to help him.
Plans are under way for The Myron Wright Foundation's fifth-annual walkathon Nov. 19 at Peltier Park in Thibodaux. Wright said he is looking for sponsors to help put on the event.
"Raising money is a challenge. The parish, the community, has been good to me," he said. "I'm doing everything I can to walk again."
To sponsor the event or for information, you can call Wright at 413-3021 or email him at myron15@ymail.com.
E.D. White Catholic High football coach ...
www.houmatoday.com, 26 Aug 2011 [cached]
E.D. White Catholic High football coach Kyle Lasseigne introduces Myron Wright (left) to his team Thursday afternoon at the school in Thibodaux.
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Myron Wright was a wide receiver at Thibodaux High School. He was at E.D. White to give a pep talk to this year's squad.
Sporting a gold shirt - one of Thibodaux High's colors - he sat passively as a flood of red-and-white clad players shuffled through the door.
They were fresh from practice, smelling heavily of sweat and grass. Some of them were still breathing visibly.
Taking their seats, they all looked in front of the stage, where Wright was sitting.
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Looking at his team, Lasseigne pointed to Wright.
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With that, Wright spoke.
"I was in your shoes not that long ago," he said. "Now I'm where I am."
Wright leaned his head forward, his eyes intense. The rest of his body remained limp in the big electric wheelchair to which he is confined.
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"It wasn't a real hard hit," Wright told the players.
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Wright said he works out every day, trying to coax his numb limbs back to life. He has made several trips to a California therapy agency - much of the significant expense for the therapy has come from the larger Thibodaux community.
Wright said he was grateful for the community support. But he made it clear that he doesn't want pity.
"I'm an athlete," he said. "I know that I need to do whatever it takes to be the best I can be. That's how you should look at life."
He glanced over at Lasseigne.
"When coach has you running, don't think 'When is coach going to let us stop running?'" Wright told the players.
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E.D. White Catholic High football coach Kyle Lasseigne introduces Myron Wright (left) to his team Thursday afternoon at the school in Thibodaux.
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E.D. White Catholic High football coach Kyle Lasseigne introduces Myron Wright (left) to his team Thursday afternoon at the school in Thibodaux.
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A 25-year-old former player was in the empty cafeteria at E.D. White Catholic High School late Thursday afternoon waiting to give a pep talk to members of a rival football team.

Myron Wright was a wide receiver at Thibodaux High School. He was at E.D. White to give a pep talk to this year's squad.

Sporting a gold shirt - one of Thibodaux High's colors - he sat passively as a flood of red-and-white clad players shuffled through the door.

They were fresh from practice, smelling heavily of sweat and grass. Some of them were still breathing visibly.

Taking their seats, they all looked in front of the stage, where Wright was sitting.

Their coach, Kyle Lasseigne, stepped forward.

"It's a privilege to have somebody who's very important to our community here today," Lasseigne said.

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"Now I'm where I am."

Wright leaned his head forward, his eyes intense. The rest of his body remained limp in the big electric wheelchair to which he is confined.

"And I'm going to get better."

Wright's story is particularly poignant for a team of football players about to kick off the season. He was hit from behind while blocking an extra point in a 2002 game against H.L. Bourgeois High School. The impact left him paralyzed.

"It wasn't a real hard hit," Wright told the players. "But when I was on the ground, everything was limp. It was like I was floating."

His "freak accident" hasn't stopped him from earning a business degree from Nicholls State University or discouraged him in his relentless quest to walk again.

"I never accepted this wheelchair. I still don't," he said. "You know what it's like to work hard for a game, to do the workouts and practices. I know if I want to walk again, I need to work."

Wright said he works out every day, trying to coax his numb limbs back to life. He has made several trips to a California therapy agency - much of the significant expense for the therapy has come from the larger Thibodaux community.

Wright said he was grateful for the community support. But he made it clear that he doesn't want pity.

"I'm an athlete," he said.

Physical Therapy Exercise Equipment - Physical Therapy Reference Criteria
www.kentfamilychiropractic.com, 17 June 2008 [cached]
filthy lucre to help Nicholls State University graduate and former Thibodaux High School football player, Myron Wright, who became paralyzed in the last football business of his sophomore year, purchase medical equipment and receive intense physicaltherapy.and more >
Daily Comet
www.dailycomet.com, 4 June 2003 [cached]
Deon Fletcher, left, is trying to help his son, Myron Wright, recover from a fractured vertebra in his neck by performing daily physical therapy exercises.
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Wright, a former Thibodaux High School football player, was injured on a two-point conversion in the team's season finale against H.L. Bourgeois High School on Nov. 9. (Staff photo by Abby Tabor)
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In Thibodaux High School's season finale against H.L. Bourgeois on Nov. 9, Wright was sent into the game on a two-point conversion attempt.
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Wright, 16, a reserve wide receiver, attempted to make a routine block on the play when he was hit from behind and then thrown backward on another hit.
"I didn't feel a hard hit," he said."I just went backwards.It was a freak injury."
Wright was motionless on the ground for 20 minutes while paramedics stabilized his back and neck.
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Myron Wright, below, gets some help with his physical therapy from his mother, Beverly Fletvher.
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An examination resulted in devastating news - Wright suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck that was dangerously close to his spinal cord.The injury also caused him to lose mobility in his arms and legs.
"I didn't realize at first how severe the injury was," Wright said."However, as the days went by, I started to realize that it was a serious injury."
Battling the OddsSoon after the injury, Wright began the long road to recovery.
Wright had neck surgery at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center to repair the fractured vertebrae.It was followed by countless hours of physical therapy.
Nearly seven months later, Wright said, he has made some progress.He regained feeling in his arms and legs and started to move his shoulders and neck.
However, Wright still has one goal in mind - to walk again.
"I keep saying that I will beat this," he said."I'm letting my life continue despite this injury."
Wright said he realizes that walking again will be a challenge, but he is determined to do it.The progress he has made since the surgery is giving him a glimmer of hope.
Beverly Fletcher, Wright's mother, said to see her son walk again would be the answer to her prayers.
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Former Thibodaux coach Shawn Preston said Wright has always been someone determined to excel on and off the football field.
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Wright saw significant playing time as a sophomore and was diligent in the classroom.
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Deon Fletcher, Myron's father, said seeing his son injured in a football game was one of the toughest moments of his life.
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Wright said it makes him feel good knowing that he is an inspiration for many people, but that is not what he is trying to accomplish.He wants to regain his ability and live a normal life.
"My family, friends and former teammates are telling me to keep fighting because everything will be alright," he said."Those words of encouragement are helping me through this."
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Although Wright will not be on the field for the 2003 season, Davis said the Tigers are not forgetting their fallen teammate.
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Thibodaux linebacker Brandon Jones added that the 2003 season is for Wright.
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Throughout this ordeal, Wright said one thing has kept him going - prayer.
Wright said people believing and praying for him has helped keep his spirits up.It also makes him more determined to overcome the injury and walk again.
"People are telling me that they are pulling for me and praying for me," he said.
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Bland said Wright has remained positive throughout the ordeal and believes something good will come of it.Bland is associated with Thibodaux High's football team through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"What we constantly try to encourage Myron with is the fact that he has not suffered this injury at the hands of God, but God is good and is willing to deliver him from the present condition he is in to his destination in life," Bland said.
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Deon Fletcher said Wright has received hundreds of get well cards expressing their concern and offering encouragement.
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We are thinking about Myron.He is our No. 1 priority."
The support has extended beyond Thibodaux.Two of Wright's most prized possessions are an ESPN banner signed by the on-air personalities and several letters from actor Christopher Reeve, who suffered a paralyzing neck injury in a horse-riding accident in 1995.
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Wright said one thing that keeps him going is a message from Reeve.
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I don't want to let him down," Wright said.
Determined to WinWright said the injury has forced him to re-evaluate certain things in his life.
Instead of participating in athletics, which he considered one of his loves in life, Wright said he plans to use that energy to work hard and thrive in the classroom.
Wright plans to return to Thibodaux High in 2005 and will rejoin his classmates for his junior year.He recently passed an exit exam completing his sophomore year.
Ultimately, Wright said he wants to go to college and get a degree.
Before he does that, though, he wants to surprise his family when he graduates in 2005.
"My goal is to walk across the stage for graduation," he said.
"It's here … the day I've ...
www.houmatoday.com, 1 April 2008 [cached]
"It's here … the day I've been waiting for," Wright said."It came fast."
Wright's stay at Project Walk in Burbank begins Monday.The program is specially designed for people with spinal-cord injuries.
On the night of Nov. 9, 2002, Wright, a reserve wide receiver for Thibodaux High, was slammed from behind by a player from the opposing H.L. Bourgeois team.Bruises and swelling from the injury put pressure on his spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.
The admiration friends and family express for Wright's perseverance and determination borders on reverence.
Following high-school graduation, he enrolled at Nicholls State University and now has three semesters left to finish his business-management degree.
While awaiting a train that was close to an hour behind schedule, Wright smiled for countless pictures and talked through his cell phone's wireless earpiece with well-wishers unable to make the send-off in person.
Wright is expected to arrive Wednesday afternoon in Vista, Calif., a suburb of San Diego.
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That figure does not count three fundraising events held for Myron this month.
Project Walk costs approximately $1,800 per week, or $43,000 per six-month period.
"We just asked the community to help us, and they did," Myron Wright said.
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It will be strange, many of those gathered at the train station said, not to see Wright around Thibodaux for the next six months.
A close friend and former Thibodaux High teammate, Traig Wagner, said he might travel to visit Wright this summer.
"I'm happy he's my friend," Wagner said of Wright.
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