After being hit by truck, former Rogue Valley Scorpion athlete looks to community for help
Medford, Ore. - Dustin Brandon Ferreira helped found the Rogue Valley Scorpions - the wheelchair basketball team of southern Oregon - and helped them get to two championship tournaments, most recently in April.
Ferreira didn't travel to the national tournament this year due to an injury. On April 3rd, Ferreira was crossing Hawthorne Street in downtown Medford in his wheelchair when he was hit from behind by a truck. Ferreira suffers from a brittle bone disease, Osteogenesis imperfecta, which caused him to break 27 bones from the accident. The strength of his bones would gradually worsen because of the disease, but the accident accelerated that.
"We'll call it the icing on the cake," Ferreira said. "What's crazy is I've always persevered through those injuries, came back as an athlete, came back as an individual. It just took this one accident to finish everything off."
On Oct. 8th, Ferreira is partnering with Southern Oregon Poker Club to help raise money for a new wheelchair and handicap-accessible van. 50 seats are available and buy-in is $50. Ferreira says he plans to partner with businesses as well for sponsorships and if businesses donate $200, they guarantee a seat in the tournament (up to 10 businesses).
Ferreira plans to have other fundraisers in the future to help with costs, but hopes to raise $20,000. The tournament winner will get 40% of funds raised.
If you would like to donate to Ferreira's GoFundMe, click here.
For more details on the poker tournament, check out the Facebook event.