Throughout this ordeal Gales’ incredible spirit, courage, and positivity, has inspired all who know his story.
“Septemeber 26 will be a day I will never forget,” said Gales, a red-shirt sophomore for the Jags. “It’s just been a blessing to find out about the wonderful people in this world. I have been fighting my whole life. I was in the hospital for a year when I was born, and I walked out of there. This is just a temporary setback, but actually it is not even a setback. It’s just another blessing. I know I am going to walk, and I know I am going to have a testimony to speak on.”
For all the negative images we see in sports so often, stories like this represents sports true essence. Southern University and Georgia have come together, as well as the cities of Athens and Baton Rouge, and the many people who have embraced Gales, and his family.
As Gales heads back to his hometown of Baton Rouge, La., he faces more challenges in his efforts to walk and regain full use of his body. It is also a challenge for his family in keeping their household running in Louisiana, and watching over Devon in Georgia,
The ‘Triumph Over Tragedy’ Foundation wants to help the Gales by building them a new home that is modified to handle his physical challenges. They announced a fund raising campaign at a press conference on Wednesday.
“House modifications aren’t something insurance pays for. As you can imagine, it’s not cheap,” explained Wesley Jones, co-founder of Triumph over Tragedy Foundation, and a paraplegic. “We’ve been able to help several families and do modifications for homes. Unfortunately, the Gales’ home is one that can’t really be modified. So what we’re here today for is, our foundation is going to launch a campaign starting today, we’re going to raise money and we’re going to build these guys a new home. That’s what they deserve, that’s what we’re going to do.”
According to its Facebook page: ‘Triumph Over Tragedy Foundation’ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to support the family unit through biblical principles from the initial impact of a tragedy or illness, to the ongoing circumstances faced in the years to come.