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Evening race planned as fundraiser

Aug. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio -- An evening 5K run is planned for Friday, Aug. 9, to help raise funds for a man seriously injured in a diving accident.

John Paul Kelley, an employee of C.F. Reuschlein Jewelers and a resident of Proctorville, became paralyzed from the chest down earlier this summer after diving into a swimming pool and striking the bottom of the pool.

"He was in a friend's swimming pool. It was a cookout on a Friday night," said friend Ashley Floyd, who has organized the 5K. "As soon as he dived, he knew he went out too far, but it was too late to correct it. Most of these accidents happen in lakes and ponds when you don't know what you're getting into. He overdid it and hit the slope."

Kelley, who is 30, is undergoing physical therapy at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. His medical team is optimistic he'll recover some of his abilities, but he faces medical expenses from treatment, the therapy and accessibility upgrades to his home and vehicle, Floyd said.

To help with those expenses, she urges runners and supporters to participate in the Light Up The Night JPK 5K, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, in the Proctorville Kroger parking lot, located at 6306 County Road 170. Cost is $25.

"It will be well-lit. We're closing down the road in Proctorville but asking people to wear their glow wear, have light sticks and bright colors," she said.

More information can be found at www.supportJPK.org.



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