Everett Continues His Amazing Story

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: June 24, 2008

HOUSTON — Former Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett launched the “Standing Tall Foundation” by hosting a luncheon and a reception in Houston.

The luncheon was held at the Polo Signature Restaurant and the reception was, which was hosted by NBA stars Damon Jones (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Stephen Jackson (Golden State Warriors) was held at the Dominion Post Oak High Rise in the Galleria.

The Kevin Everett Foundation, a 501c(3) organization, was formed to provide immediate and long-term resources to individuals sustaining catastrophic spinal cord injuries.

Everett suffered a serious career-ending spinal cord injury during an NFL game last season. Every media outlet showed pictures of him lying motionless on the field, praying that the injury wasn’t serious enough to end his life.

He was given less than a 10-percent chance of regaining full utilization of his physical capabilities, but with God’s help and love from his family, he beat the odds.

“I pray everyday that things will get better,” Everett said. “I’m still faced with challenges, for I know that things could have been a lot worse.”

Everett knows that he’s blessed. He’s had to maintain his faith in both the good times and bad times. He is a walking miracle.

He’s living, breathing, but most importantly his injury has made him want to start a foundation so that he can help further the research in finding a cure for paralysis and to assist with the quality of living for others who have suffered spinal cord injuries.

The 26-year old Port Arthur native’s life has changed. He can’t really write and his handshake is weak; but that doesn’t stop him from trying. He has a big heart, and that heart allows him to keep going despite the obstacles and other things that may come his way.

Everett spoke briefly at his luncheon last Friday afternoon and talked about the road ahead and how blessed he is.

“This is the time of year when I’d be out there working hard and conditioning and preparing for the season,” Everett stated. “However, now I’m preparing for my new life’s work, which is to raise money for the Kevin Everett Foundation.”

The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Dr. Andy Cappuccino, MD from the Buffalo Spine Surgery Center. KRIV-TV (Fox 26) News Isiah Carey was the Master of Ceremonies.

Special guests included: Toronto Raptors guard T.J. Ford, Renee Jones-Lee, mother of NBA star Damon Jones (Cleveland Cavaliers), Tory Crawford-Chief of Sports Medicine for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.

Other guests were Chris Lloyd-Chief of Neuroscience for the Memorial Hermamn Healthcare System; Carl Josehart-Tirr Memorial Hermann, Norris Williams II, and Teodoro A. Castillo-Attending Physician with TIRR Memorial Hermann.