Published : Monday, December 22, 2014 | 1:48 PM
The 88-page autobiography, published by AuthorHouse and available online at www.authorhouse.com, barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.com, chronicles the life of a young promising athlete who overcame a devastating football injury and made the most of his life while coping with paralysis for nearly four decades.
â€œThis project was six years in the making,â€ said co-author, classmate and life-long friend David Rutherford, a member of the John Muir High School Alumni Associationâ€™s board of directors. â€œEvery time we thought we were done with the book, he kept writing another chapter in his life.â€
Wright suffered a spinal injury in 1976 while playing for Muirâ€™s sophomore team and was a source of inspiration for the varsity team, which beat archrival Pasadena High School, 13-10, in their annual cross-town matchup at the Rose Bowl, ending a nine-year losing streak to the Bulldogs. He was hospitalized for a year: six months in intensive care at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena; followed by another six months in physical rehabilitation at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey.
Since then, he graduated on schedule with his classmates in 1979; became one of the first quadriplegics to earn a college degree; co-founded a non-profit charity organization, Family of Friends International, which provides relief services to children overseas who have lost their parents in natural disasters; and became an ordained minister.
Now a published author, Wright is passionate about sharing his story with the world about maintaining a positive mindset to achieve goals. He credits his success to his faith, his family and close circle of friends, on whom he depends for all of his basic needs.
â€œVictor Wright is a community treasure and an inspiration to thousands,â€ Rutherford said. “Not because of what happened to him, but because of what he has made happen.”
Wright and Rutherford are scheduled to attend a book-signing event, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Vromanâ€™s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. The softcover edition of the book is currently available at Vromanâ€™s; and in softcover, e-book and soon audiobook formats online.