2010-05-13 / Front Page

Fund-raising efforts underway to send Edmond to Germany

A big fund-raising effort is underway to help quadriplegic James Edmond make the trip to the XCell Center in Cologne, Germany, for further treatment. Pictured with Edmond are neighbor Traci Eifling and Darrell Henderson, a member of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. A big fund-raising effort is underway to help quadriplegic James Edmond make the trip to the XCell Center in Cologne, Germany, for further treatment. Pictured with Edmond are neighbor Traci Eifling and Darrell Henderson, a member of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Friends of James Edmond, family members, the Concerned Citizens of Lincoln County (CCLC), and even Edmond himself are launching a concerted effort to raise funds for a trip to the XCell Center in Cologne, Germany.

Founded in January of 2007, the XCell Center could give the Holiday Estates resident a new lease on life.

The institute for regenerative medicine is the first private clinic worldwide to hold an official license for the extraction and approval of stem cell material for autologous treatment. In other words, Edmond would donate the stem cells for his own treatment.

For the past 16 years, Edmond, 45, has been paralyzed from the neck down as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

“My brother and I had a flooring business – we left the house for work just like any other day,” said Edmond. “Little did I know that it would be the last time I would walk or use my hands.

“The night before the accident there had been a ferocious storm, which blew some trees down. We were going down Bethany Church Road — there was a limb in the lefthand lane, and a log truck was approaching from the other direction.

“The driver of the truck hit his brakes; the truck jack-knifed and swerved into our lane. We hit him head-on right behind the cab of the truck, near the diesel tanks.

“The next thing I remember was waking up with my head on the motor cover inside the van,” he continued. “I yelled to my brother, ‘I can’t move,’ and he let me know that help was on the way.

“Apparently, all of the tools in the van came forward and hit us both in the back. A five-gallon bucket of glue struck me in the neck and broke my spine at C3 and C4, leaving me a quadriplegic.”

After two weeks at the Medical College of Georgia, Edmond was transported to the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, where he spent 90 days in treatment.

“I was on a ventilator for 60 days – I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I was fortunate because approximately 60 percent of quadriplegics go home with a ventilator.”

He went on to say that he came back to Lincolnton determined to do his best. “It was a life-changing experience, but I am able to cope with life with the support of my family.

“I still remain active – hunting, fishing, and boating. But without my family, these activities would not be possible.”

Edmond is hoping that the spinal cord treatment in Germany will be another life-changing experience for both him and his family. “Studies say that almost 60 percent of spinal injuries have shown some type of improvement at the XCell Center.”

If things do not work out as planned, Edmond will continue “living life to the fullest.” One of his favorite sayings is “Can’t is not in my vocabulary.”

Donations to the “James Edmond Spinal Cord Treatment Fund” may be made at Farmers and Merchants Bank. The address is P.O. Box 280, Lincolnton, Georgia, 30817.

All prayers and donations will be greatly appreciated.

To make a tax-deductible contribution, send a check made payable to “Endeavor Freedom, Inc.” directly to Edmunds at 1115 Lincoln Street, Tignall, Georgia, 30668. The check will be processed through Endeavor Freedom, a 501 c-3 organization that assists people with disabilities.

In addition, a fund-raiser will be held for Edmond on Saturday, June 19, at Beulah Baptist Church. The event will feature mouth-watering barbecue and music provided by The Gays and the Lincolnton United Methodist Church Praise Band.

Pork barbecue plates, with all of the trimmings, are priced at $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.

The public is heartily encouraged to come out to Beulah Baptist, enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner, listen to some great music, and help this young man possibly regain the use of his arms and legs.

The benefit is being sponsored by the CCLC, Edmond’s family, and his many friends.

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