Paralyzed Athlete Grateful for Help Coming His Way

By James Langton
|  Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011  |  Updated 7:42 PM CDT
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Paralyzed Athlete Grateful for Help Coming His Way

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Rocky Clark was a 16-year-old running back for Eisenhower High School in Blue Island when a tackle left him unable to move from the neck down.

A south suburban athlete who was paralyzed on the football field 10 years ago says people are rallying to help him since he told the media of his struggles with health insurance.

Rasul "Rocky" Clark says neighbors and politicians are asking what they can do.

One woman offered to volunteer at his Robbins home so his mother, who is his primary care-giver, could take a break, and a suburban couple set up a website, RasulRockyClark.com to help organize donations.

"I'm grateful for those who saw me and reached out," Clark told the Chicago Tribune. "They have showed a lot of love. But I'm not asking for money, I just want the health insurance.”

Clark was a 16-year-old running back for Eisenhower High School in Blue Island when a tackle left him unable to move from the neck down. A $5 million catastrophic injury policy had paid for around-the-clock care since the incident. That policy recently reached its lifetime cap.

Clark and his mother say they are left without much-needed medical supplies and the daily assistance that helped them get by.

Clark is covered by Medicaid, but it does not provide enough assistance for him to continue giving speeches to local schools, or to pursue his interest in taking college courses.

RasulRockyClark.com

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