By RICHARD F. BELISLE
10:50 PM EST, December 11, 2012
Clinton “Leeds” Corbin remembered the day in October when he fell 11 feet headfirst into a hole in the ground.
The fall broke his neck, leaving him without use of his arms and legs.
“That’s the sad part,” he said Tuesday from a Philadelphia physical rehabilitation center. “My doctor said I’d never walk again or use my arms.”
Corbin, 62, of Summit Point, W.Va., doesn’t accept that fate.
“I’m doing exceptionally well, well above where I’m supposed to be at this point. That proves that somebody is looking out for me,” he said. “I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m on the right path.”
“He’s fighting his way back to health,” said Lauren Mumaw, recreation coordinator for Jefferson County Parks and Recreation. “If there’s any man who can make it back, Leeds can.”
Mumaw and Jimmy Pierson, park manager for the City of Ranson, W.Va., are organizing a benefit fundraiser for Corbin on Friday night at the Ranson Civic Center at 312 W. 2nd Ave. It runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $10.
Corbin, a park manager for Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, was helping to remove dead trees on park property on Oct. 15. At one point he had to step out of the loader because they were working close to a fence. That’s when he fell. He said he landed on his head in an 18-inch hole that had been left from the removal of tree stump.
He spent five days in Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia before he was sent to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia.
“The fundraiser is not being sponsored by Parks and Recreation,” Mumaw said. “It’s being done for Leeds by his friends.”
She described a night of socializing with food, tip jars, raffles, a silent auction, door prizes, basketball and arcades. “Music will be provided by two praise bands from Asbury United Methodists Church and Homeward Calling.”
Mumaw said the money will help Corbin’s family get through difficult times. “They have to drive three or four hours to see him in Philadelphia and gas is expensive,” she said. “This will help his family keep things going at home.”
Corbin is married. He and his wife, Jenny, have two grown children, Mumaw said.
“Somebody donated an iPad to Corbin to help him stay in touch with his family and friends,” Mumaw said.
“He knows a lot of people care about him and he’s very grateful for that.”
To learn more about the Leeds Corbin fundraiser, email Mumaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pierson at 304-616-8998.
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