LISTEN: 2011 First Coast Connect Interview with JT Townsend
JT Townsend, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a high school football game and went on to create a foundation to help others with disabilities, has died. The JT Townsend Foundation shared news of his death on its Facebook page:
It’s with a heavy heart, the JT Townsend Foundation announces the passing of our Founder, Friend, and President – JT Townsend on Tuesday, June 4. As we cope with the news, let us offer support and comfort to each other and remember the unyielding spirit of JT Townsend and the Townsend family. At 26 years old, JT embodied courage, service, and love for all. Through adversity and against all odds, JT persevered through extraordinary obstacles graduating from the University of North Florida in May 2013, fostering new breakthroughs in research for spinal cord injuries, and providing aid to countless families living with disabilities in our community. Under his leadership, our organization grew to what it is today. JTTF will strive each and every day to fulfill his vision and carry on his legacy. We love you, JT. #jttownsend #rememberJT
First Coast Connect host Melissa Ross spoke with Townsend in June 2011.