Crispus Attucks tennis player paralyzed after State Fair stage collapse
INDIANAPOLIS - Wear green on Friday. That's the request from the family of a 17-year-old injured in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse. The show of solidarity is for Brad Humphrey whose legs and back were crushed under the rigging. He's surviving the tragedy with the support of his family and the community.
It's hard to miss the good wishes on the sign at Crispus Attucks where one student has spent more time in a hospital bed than in class.
"He's taking it real hard. He's depressed," said Lyndsay Reynolds, Brad's cousin.
Brad Humphrey, 17, was among those injured by the stage collapse at the State Fair. His legs were broken and his spine was crushed. Right now he has no feeling in his legs.
"There is a possibility he will walk again and we think that with prayer and everybody's support, he will walk again," said Reynolds.
Brad is a standout tennis player. Last season he played number one singles at Crispus Attucks. Those who know him say despite his injuries, he will play tennis again.
"He's learned that everything doesn't come easy and you have to work for things and he's going to work harder to overcome this," said Steve Mackell, National Junior Tennis League.
On Friday, family members are asking everyone to go green for Brad by wearing green, his favorite color.
"We're trying to show him how much he means to everybody," said Reynolds.
It's a small gesture that could make a big difference.