October 8th 2011 was a seminal moment in Dessie Fitzgerald's life. It was the Charleville hurler and former Cork intermediate All Ireland winner last game of hurling.
In a moment, his life changed. The above video tracks his life from that moment and how he has recovered from a freak injury that left him paralysed from the shoulders down.
Dessie opens up in this emotional and inspiring video that catalogues his struggles both because of the injury and outside it.
You can watch the full story above, and read an in-depth interview with Fitzgerald on the official GAA website. There are some fundraising events for Dessie happening soon in aid of the "Dessie Fitzgerald Injury Fund"
Fundraising events for Dessie include:
- July 12: Bucket Collection at the Munster SHC Hurling Final
- July 17: Fundraising Banquet with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh
- July 17/18: Golf Classic, Charleville Golf Club
- July 19: 5Km Walk/Run, Doneraile Par
For more information check out dessiefitzgerald.com