Since suffering a traumatic spinal cord injury, 40-year-old Will Rigby is adjusting to his “new normal.”
But things will never be the same since a pool accident June 1 at his Grapevine home, resulting in paralysis.
Family and friends want to make life easier for the father of two boys, ages 6 and 2, and wife, Melinda, by arranging for accommodations designed to make his transition at home more comfortable.
Toward that end, his sister, Amy Wiles, and other friends and family are spearheading a Nov. 2 benefit at Love and War in Texas.
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Called “Where there’s a Will, there’s a way,” it will be held outdoors from 2-6 p.m. at 2505 E. Grapevine Mills Circle and will feature live music, a raffle and a silent auction with more than 30 items such as hotel stays.
Bands that are playing include the Buddy Simmons Band, a Grateful Dead cover band that played while Rigby and Wiles were at Texas Tech in the 1990s. Band members include Matt Simmons, Mike Simmons and Jon Mahaffey.
Wiles said she and her brother are extremely close, having been roommates when they attended college at Texas Tech University. They both live in Silver Lake Estates.
Wiles said family and friends were playing outside at her brother’s house in June when he dove into the shallow end of the pool. She believes his injuries were sustained when he hit a wall.
“We just want to rally behind him,” Wiles said of her brother, who is a business development manager in Grapevine. “Will is a wonderful person. He would do this for me.”