Our mission is to give support to people who are paralyzed from gunshots, their families and the millions of people who are just tired of the shooting and want it to stop. We're joining together with various organizations and taking a stand.
"PARALYZE IS ONLY A STATE OF MIND" Our mission is to give support to people who are paralyzed from gunshots, their families and the millions of people who are just tired of the shooting and want it to stop. We're joining together with various organizations and taking a stand.
My name is Eric Wilkins and I'm the founder of Broken Winggz. I was shot and paralyzed in May of 1999. I was put in a wheelchair. Doctors told me that I'll never walk again and that killed my spirits. But after years of exercise, prayers, and dedication I'm up and walking around. I have braces on both of my legs that go down from my knees to the tip of my toes to keep my feet and legs straight, I use a cane to assist me with walking. Since then I've joined with other paralyzed young people to take a stand against gun violence. There are thousands of young men and women in wheelchairs that think their alone but with Broken Winggz you're never alone we're in this together.
This website will give insite on up and coming events, we will be linking together with other organizations, going to various schools to talk to kids about violence and how it affects everyone. We'll also be making various appearances to support other organizations. If you need help and can't do it by you self you've come to the right place.
Our support is not just for people who are paralyzed, it's for their whole family. We have people inside our families that have to take time and make sacrifices to make things happen too, so we're here for you. If you're just tired of funerals, tired of being in a gang and want out or if you just want to make a difference and be a part of something positive this is the place for you.
NBC5's Warner Saunders introduces you to the Broken Winggz foundation.
Members tell their story of life after violence on the streets.
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March 2, 2006, I was 18 years old, and I was in my senior year at Chicago's Simeon High school. I was looking forward to all of the senior events such as prom and graduation.
I was hanging out, with two of my closest friends, two brothers ages 16 and 20 years old. We were sitting in the older brothers car in the 7700 block of Peoria on Chicago's southside.
I was told that some yet to be identified person or persons walked up to the car and shot my 20 year old friend multiple times in his chest. I was struck on the left side of my head by a single bullet. The bullet and its fragments remain lodged in my brain today. It is believed that I was shot with a nine milimeter automatic weapon because those are the casings they pulled from my friend.
Barely clinging to life, I woke up in Christ hospital. I could not hold my head up, could not talk, could not breathe on my own, couldn't move my arms, legs hands and feet. I was a newborn all over again.
Special Thanks To: Carl D. West CEO/ Publisher/ Editor
Carl West is the CEO of MIDWEST GAP Enterprise, which is a ten-year-old publishing and promotional company based in Chicago. Carl has diversified his business to incorporate the billion-dollar business of hip-hop culture in America.
MIDWEST GAP publishes The TRUTH magazine: Hip Hop Culture At its Best. The Trurth highlights Chicago's emrging hip-hop community with positive and attractive pictorials. MG produces The TRUTH Awards: Giving Respect To The Chicago, Connect, which salutes the best and brightest Chicagoan inT.V' radio. music, sports, comedy and business. And company also created The West- Side Story an e newsletter focusingon politics and social issues effecting urban America distribruted weekly through city-elert.com