Sunday, April 19, 2015

Unionville alums rally to assist former classmate

Former classmates are rallying to raise funds for Jesse Picard, a 2007 Unionville High grad and standout wrestler who sustained a spinal cord injury in a May traffic accident.

Unionville alums rally to assist former classmate

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A 2007 Unionville High graduate was three credits shy of a double degree in religious studies and biology from Rutgers University when he was paralyzed from the neck down in a May traffic accident.

Now former classmates are rallying to raise funds for the aspiring doctor, who  spent several weeks last summer in Africa, where he participated in the Doctors Without Borders program.

His future was altered the afternoon of May 13, and he is currently in a rehab facility in New Jersey that will end shortly and he will be seeking additional therapy.   For more information on how to help, visit http://www.jessesjourneythefirststep.com/.

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or awhelan@philly.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/aubreyjwhelan.

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