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Former UMHB football player raises money to create therapy facility after accident at Belton Lake

Posted at 2:51 PM, Nov 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-16 15:59:32-05

BELTON, TX — A visit to Belton Lake in September of 2018 sent Edwin Munoz to the hospital.

"I dove off the dock and hit my head on a rock and broke my neck at the cervical level," said Munoz.

Munoz fractured his cervical spine and was paralyzed from the chest down.

Around this time last year, Munoz was passing out due to pain from his second surgery on Oct. 24.

From regaining arm movement to standing and taking his first step, the former UMHB football player shared he has already surpassed all expectations from doctors and will continue to do so.

However, life recently threw yet another curve ball at Munoz.

His therapy center in Fort Worth is making some changes and will focus more on treating traumatic brain injuries, instead of spinal cord injuries.

Munoz recently decided he wants to return to his element and build a therapy facility in the Central Texas area to better assist himself and other spinal cord injury patients.

"My goal is to eventually provide a place where you know all disabled people can come in and train and see their advances," said Munoz. "And see their hard work begin to pay off, but my goal is to find something for neuro recovery. Spinal cord injuries in particular just because that's kind of what I go through."

Before his accident, Munoz worked as an exercise physiologist and personal trainer. Munoz's goal is to raise at least $30,000 in order to create his therapy facility.

To follow Munoz's story and help his fundraising efforts, click here.