DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - On Thanksgiving, Daphne assistant coach Jacy Todd surely had a lot to be thankful for.
This was his first Thanksgiving since a horrifying accident that left him paralyzed.
But like any good coach, he doesn't see this as a burden to bring him down, rather, an opportunity to fight and inspire.
Todd spent his career inspiring young students. But then, he was paralyzed in an August car accident.
Just at a time when you'd think he could use inspiration himself, he is probably the last person on his mind.
Todd said, "I'm definitely gonna coach. I'm definitely gonna teach, and that's the gift in all of is I will be able to change kids' lives like I've always done."
After Todd's accident, he was told he'd never walk again, but he's been going through rehab at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
Even in his hardship, he looks out for others. While at Shepherd, Todd has been mentoring fellow patient Devon Walker, a Tulane football player who was paralyzed in a terrible tackle in September.
Things are really looking up for Todd- he says in two or three years, he'll be able to walk with assistance.
Todd said, "Just to be able to stand up and stretch my legs. Just to be able to stand up and hug my wife. Anything like that would be amazing."
Todd came back to the area for a visit in October, and he plans to be back for good next month.
"That's the only dream I have," said Todd. "It doesn't matter if it's in a chair or in a walker, or if I'm walking without assistance, my dream is truly to get back and teach and coach."
On this holiday, simply having the ability to breathe and dream is enough reason to give thanks.
He said, "Even a bad day at work is still a good day. And that's what I want people to understand, don't take anything for granted. Tomorrow is not promised. So every day is truly a gift and we should treat it that way."
Todd says he will be back in the classroom in January, but one obstacle he is truly facing is getting a new car.
Because of his paralysis, he will need a specially fitted car, and it could cost around $70,000.
The family plans to have fundraisers, but if you'd like to help you can donate to the 'Jacy Todd Benefit Account' at any area Bryant Bank.
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