TJ Atchison is a twenty-three year old nursing student from Chatom, Alabama. His decision to raise awareness and funding for spinal cord injury research came as a result of a car accident in September 2010 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Since his accident and subsequent treatment, he has become a visible and vocal advocate for the furthering of spinal cord injury research, successfully passing the TJ Atchison Initiative for Spinal Cord Injury Research and Funding in Alabama.
He is driven by his strong faith in God, in addition to his overriding desire to help his fellow man. This desire led him to transfer from the University of Alabama to the University of South Alabama in order to enroll in their Nursing Program. Even before his accident, he showed a dedication to the betterment of man through medicine. His involvement in Geron's stem cell trial has allowed him to become a voice for change and progress in a field of medicine that holds an untold potential for cures to numerous diseases and conditions.
TJ is an avid Bama fan and devoted family man. His family members are the most important people in his life, and he enjoys nothing more than hanging out with his friends. In August 2012, TJ was elected President of his Senior nursing class at the University of South Alabama Nursing School. TJ is an active Facebooker and enjoys tweeting at http://twitter.com/tjatchison. You can also check out the new TJ Atchison Foundation Website by clicking here.