When Wendy Wilson spoke out about her dispute with the apartment complex where her son, former OU football player Corey Wilson, used to live, she didn't expect much. What she got was a response from the community that she said she "never dreamed of."
"Everyone wants to know how they can help," said Wilson, whose son was a Sooner wide receiver before a February 2009 car accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. "We're so grateful for the response. Oklahoma people are second to none."
After the accident, Corey's family verbally notified the apartment complex, Twin Creek Village, that he would move out, but failed to provide a required written notice. Due to the lack of written notification, apartment officials charged the family $2,300 for the remainder of the lease, something Corey's mother said that shouldn't have happened because of the extenuating circumstances.
Based on the response from the community, Wendy decided to create a fund for her son at Bank of America. Those interested in contributing to the fund can do so at any Bank of America location by asking for "The Corey Wilson Fund."
Wendy said she wants to use the money to pay Corey's medical bills.
"I don't want to benefit from this, I just want to pay the bills — that's all I'm looking for," she said. "We have hospital bills, bills from all the other care he's gotten, and his medication always has a co-pay. If there's any left over after that, the apartment complex is the last on the list.
"Right now we're just trying to put one foot in front of the other."
On Feb. 27, 2009, Corey was traveling southbound on I-35 near Paul's Valley when his SUV collided with a pickup and rolled off the highway, throwing him 45 feet. He spent a week in intensive care as part of more than a month-long stay at OU Medical Center.