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April 9, 2013

'Hour of Therapy' fundraiser to benefit Coppola

An Hour of Therapy is a fundraiser for Jared Coppola to help with the next phase of his courageous battle to recover from a horrific football injury. The former St. John’s Prep player was severely injured in a scrimmage prior to the start of his junior year with the Eagles.

Since that day three and a half years ago he has made tremendous progress, but he needs assistance to defray expenses he will incur at a state of the art facility in Atlanta where he will receive advanced physical therapy that isn’t available anywhere else.

Paralyzed since the injury, Coppola has made remarkable strides through countless hours of therapy. He is now able to use a walker for short distances, and his goal is to continue making greater strides in his journey to recover.

Prep football fans will never forget that Thanksgiving morning at the Hawk Bowl in 2010 when Jared walked across the field. All three Coppola triplets were at midfield for the coin toss — Tyler, Brandon, and Jared — and the Eagles went on to upset Xaverian to go to the D1 playoffs. That season ended against Everett in the Super Bowl trip to Gillette Stadium.

The Open House will be held at St. John’s Prep in Milano Dining Hall on Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Jared will share his experiences at 12:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to celebrate Jared’s progress by helping to defray expenses he will incur in the two month long Beyond Therapy program at the Shepard Center where he spent three months recovering after the injury.

His aunt Robin Coppola Shelgren organized the event. Therapy in Atlanta costs a hundred dollars an hour, the donation requested at the fundraiser.

“People can make a donation as a group,” said Shelgren. “If four people come together it would only be $25 each. Jared has been working so hard at therapy since the injury we want to find a way to make this program in Atlanta doable.

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