Travis Hearn

 

 

Age: 19

 

Summary: high school football player who was paralyzed from the neck down after a collision during a 2006 game whose story caught the attention of President-elect Barack Obama and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, in which community members raised thousands of dollars to offset medical costs and build an accessible home.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from surgery

 

Born: August 29, 1989

 

Died: December 4, 2008

 

Location: Rock Island, Illinois