The Woody Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization formed in 2011 to transform the quality of life of those living with paralysis and their caregivers. The namesake of The Foundation, James “Woody” Beckham suffered his spinal cord injury making a rugby tackle in January 2011. To help make sense of this huge life change, family and friends have bonded together to show support for Woody by helping others with paralysis.
On January 29, 2011, James “Woody” Beckham was seriously injured during a tackle while playing rugby for Florida Atlantic University in a game against the University of Miami. Woody, then just 22 sustained a complete cervical spinal cord injury that rendered him paralyzed from the chest down. After being successfully operated on by Dr. Michael Wang of Jackson Memorial Hospital’s world-renowned neurological team, Woody began his recovery process. He healed rapidly in ICU and Acute Care where he was transferred to Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital as an inpatient for two months.
Woody now lives in Coconut Grove and receives outpatient physical therapy three days a week. He graduated from Florida International University with a Business Degree in Finance. He regularly attends sporting events with his family and friends, which is his true passion.
The Woody Foundation has four annual events which support various groups/organizations:
- The Woody Golf Classic supporting The Buoniconti Fund, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
- The Bash Fishing Tournament benefiting the Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital where recently injured persons receive inpatient, outpatient physical and occupational therapy.
- The Maine Lobster Feast helping shine a spotlight on The Sabrina Cohen Foundation, an organization that provides accessible beach access.
- Woodystock, the Woody Foundation’s annual benefit concert raises funds for Woody Packs and other TeamTWF programming.