Happy to oblige 'K' and thanks for sharing this story. We wish Kyle healing and strength as he goes through rehabilitation and recovery.
Hello Angie! This is K...... from Montezuma. I have enjoyed reading your blog. We are also avid Hawkeye fans and looking forward to the upcoming season.
I am writing asking for your help in reaching out to the Hawkeye Nation through your blog. There is a fine young man & former Hawkeye football player in need of support and prayers from the Hawkeye Nation.
Kyle Spading was a 2005 graduate of Belle Plaine, Iowa high school. He was a three-time All State football player and also received many other state honors in basketball, track & baseball. He continued his football career as a walk-on at the University of Iowa. As a tight end, he found himself deep on the depth chart and didn’t see much playing time as a Hawkeye, but he never quit. He worked hard and was very well respected by all Hawkeye players. He received the Team Leader Award in 2009. He graduated with a degree in Health and Sports Studies. He returned to Belle Plaine and most recently was the Director of the Parks and Recreation department.
At the end of July, he fell asleep while driving and rolled the mini-van that he was driving. He suffered a broken neck and remains paralyzed from the shoulders down. He has a long road of recovery and is working hard to regain some arm movement. He has recently been transferred to the Rehab Institute of Chicago, were he is working very hard. His work ethic as a Hawkeye has given him the determination needed in therapy.
If possible, could you send a shout out to the Hawkeye Nation through your blog asking for everyone to keep this fine young man in their thoughts and prayers?
If anybody is interested in following his progress, they can view the family’s updates at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kylespading. They are planning a benefit to be held in October.
Thanks so much and have a great week!