Gladstone High athletes plan second benefit game for injured alumnus
Jake Wheeler, a former Gladstone High football and basketball player, was injured in a July 14 swimming accident, A fractured neck vertebra left him paralyzed below the torso, but with daily therapy, doctors are hopeful he will be walking again in a year.
Gladstone’s varsity football team plans their annual endowment game against Astoria, with half the proceeds to support a recovery and rehabilitation fund for Wheeler. Earlier this month, a Gladstone girls soccer match between the state defending champs and alumni players raised nearly $7,000 to help the young man through a challenging time.
“Jake’s in really good spirits,” said alumni soccer event organizer Amanda Schumaker. “He’s making great progress, and so many people are supporting him.”
The football game will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 30 at Gladstone High School’s Dick Baker Stadium, 18800 Portland Avenue. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for students. (No passes will be allowed for this game.)
Wheeler is now a college student at Portland State University and plans to continue his studies this fall. He lives in Gladstone, where his mother is remodeling the family’s house for easier access.
For more information about this event, contact Athletic Director Ted Yates at 503-655-2544, ext. 403.