Former OU player Corey Wilson's mother amazed at community response

BY CORBIN HOSLER, Staff Writer, chosler@opubco.com Modified: July 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm •  Published: July 3, 2010
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Corey has a wheelchair-accessible apartment in Norman, but his family's home in Carrollton, Texas, isn't made to accommodate his needs.

"He can't get into the bathroom in his wheelchair," Wendy said. "It's gut-wrenching to know he has to pull himself on the floor from the wheelchair to the toilet, from the toilet to the shower."

But thanks to a donation from the Bob Stoops Foundation, Wendy hopes to make life easier for her son while he's at home.

"The main bathroom will be modified so he can get his wheelchair in there to use the shower and brush his teeth," she said. "We haven't told him, but hopefully it will be done when he comes home in the fall and he'll be surprised. I'm excited about that."

Corey has his own plans for his future.

"I want to start a foundation to help people who are put into the same situation I was," he said. "I was blessed to be in a situation where I had help from coach Stoops and my teammates, but not everyone is that lucky. It would mean everything to me to be able to help someone else put into this situation."

Corey said setting up the fund is nothing compared to what his mother has done for him since the accident.

"She's been there for me and provided for everything I need," he said. "It (the fund) means a lot to me, but not more than having a family that supports me."