Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With Kevin Ogar
Written by C.J. Martin
We just wrapped up a weekend of competition at the OC Throwdown, and while there is much to celebrate and recap, now is not the appropriate time for that. The full focus and energy of the Invictus community should be with Kevin Ogar. Kevin suffered a significant spinal cord injury during a snatch event at today’s competition. As reported by his friends at Barbells for Boobs, Kevin does not yet have voluntary movement below his waist.
I don’t know Kevin personally, but I know the character of athletes in this community. I know that in order to get to Kevin’s level of performance an athlete has to show years of dedication, hard work and continually overcome perceived obstacles. I also know that Kevin is part of a community that will provide their unrelenting support to ensure that he has the resources he needs during his recovery.
As is far too common in our industry – and among seemingly invincible young, high-level athletes – Kevin is uninsured. His recovery process will take time and resources, and I believe that as a community we must rally together to ensure that money is not an obstacle in helping him receive the highest quality health care. Fundraising efforts are being organized, and Invictus will give it’s full support to those fundraising efforts as soon details are finalized. In the meantime, I ask that you direct your thoughts and prayers to Kevin Ogar and his family.
UPDATE : The Official Fundraising website for Kevin Ogar is now up. Please head over and donate to help his path to recovery.