Still A Champion: Paralyzed wrestler never gives up

If you dined at a Jeff Ruby restaurant last month, you probably saw information about a fundraiser going on for a young man named Jason.

But you might not know the story about this former wrestling star and Jeff Ruby employee, whose full time job now, is to stand on his own two feet.

FOX19's Betsy Ross introduces us to this remarkable young man, who's still a champion.

Jason Daviaux's used to taking on challenges. His newspaper clippings are proof of how this underweight sixth grader grew into a two time state wrestling champion--the headlines of his accomplishments are as numerous as the collection of medals he won, competing at Scott High School.

But the headlines in April were quite different. These clippings tell of a month-long fundraiser, organized by local restaurant owner Jeff Ruby, on Jason's behalf. Because now, this 10-year Ruby employee, this champion wrestler, is in a wheelchair--injured in an accident last July, while he was driving to work at Jeff Ruby's Belterra steakhouse.

Jason first was flown to UC Medical Center, where he spent 25 days in a coma. After that, he was transferred to Drake Hospital, where he finally woke up.

Through notes and scribbles, Jason started communicating with his family and preparing for his next challenge: getting better.

But the baskets of cards and flood of emails Jason and his family received during his recovery, gave him extra resolve.

Give up? Not in his vocabulary. Through intensive therapy, four hours a day, twice a week, Jason is taking small steps toward recovery at Sci-Step in Mason, an outpatient spinal cord rehabilitation center that takes a more aggressive approach to rehab--using many of the methods researched by Dr. John McDonald, personal physician for Christopher Reeve.

Jason's challenge these days may be different from the ones he faced on the wrestling mat. But it's a challenge he has every intention of meeting--and exceeding. And he has the state championship medals to inspire him.

The area Jeff Ruby area restaurants raised more than $60,00 for Jason's rehab and long-term care.

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