Jamestown College

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Benefit Held for James Vollmer, Paralyzed Jamestown College Athlete

James Vollmer, an outstanding Jamestown College athlete, was paralyzed in a pole-vaulting accident on December 1st. He missed the mat and severed his spinal cord, leaving him with “just a 5 percent chance of walking again.” He’s currently in a 12 week program at The Craig Institute in Denver, which is known for its specialization in brain and spinal cord injuries.

Although Vollmer’s doctors report only a slim chance of full recovery, some people are still holding on to hope. One of his coaches, Bud Etzold said, “James is one of those guys that someday I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see him in the Boston Marathon in one of those wheelchair deals. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him beat the odds and be on his feet one day, either. James Vollmer is one of those kids you wouldn’t ever bet against.” Either way, it sounds like no one expects to see Vollmer give up. As it is, he’s scheduled to finish his 12-week program in Denver two weeks early. Coach Ed Crawford describes Vollmer as driven, committed, positive and confident. Although he may face some serious obstacles, nothing will stop this multiple-sport athlete from moving forward.

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