LetsRun.com Readers Thanked For Supporting Paralyzed Runner Kevin McDermott

Video Shows Runner Re-learning Motor Skills While Undergoing Therapy Supported By 250 LetsRun Readers

By LetsRun.com
July 27, 2010

Last September we received an email from Sean McDermott, brother of former Chaminade HS and Duke University runner Kevin McDermott. Kevin was injured in a diving accident, paralyzing him instantly from the neck down. Read the original letter here:


Sean was asking the tight knit running and LetsRun.com community to reach out and support Kevin's rehab. We posted the letter for a number of days and within hours the McDermott family was receiving donations and calls from runners, LRC visitors and college coaches. Sean has been great about keeping us updated.

Today, 1 year after the injury, Sean emailed us at LetsRun.com to thank us and our readers for supporting Kevin. Below is the letter from Sean:

To Emory, Robert, and Weldon,

I wanted to give you guys on update on my brother, Kevin McDermott.
It's been one year since his spinal cord injury that left him
paralyzed at the time.  He has made some tremendous progress lately.
Please check out the homepage of www.kevinmcdermott.org to see Kevin's
note on his progress.  We included some new photos of Kevin out and
about and in therapy.  In the news and event section, we made a 3
minute montage of Kevin at therapy and him taking his first steps at
our house on Long Island.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9TdjSOWm4Y

Kevin McDermott training to regain bodily movement after a paralyzing diving accident 1 year ago.

I want to say thank you very your guys help and posting his story a
year ago.  We had about 250 letsrun members donate money to help with
the costs.  Truly an amazing community of people and we can't thank
you enough.  Kevin still has a ways to go to return to 100%. I'm
hoping in a year from now, he's heading out the door for some jogging.

Thanks again for your help and support!

Sean McDermott













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