A concert will be held on May 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the 3D building at Hardin-Simmons University to support local Abilene resident, Jordan Click, in her efforts to attend Project Walk Paralysis Recovery Center in Houston, Texas, a facility that specializes in paralyzed patients. (The 3D building is located at 1265 Ambler.)
Click was left fully paralyzed from the shoulders down after an auto accident in 2009. She has had to rely on caregivers and a power wheel chair ever since. When HSU student Jamaal Wicks heard of Click's situation on television, he automatically felt compelled to help.
"Earlier that week, I had been feeling the need to help out more, and when I heard Jordan's story on the news, I immediately thought 'Wow this is what God wants me to do,'" said Wicks.
Wicks, who is a musician himself, began setting up a concert to raise awareness and money to help Click reach her goal of $30,000, which would grant her six hours a week of treatment in the clinic for a year. He calls the concert, "Music with a Purpose."
The concert will be blues-based and will consist of three blues groups: Tripp Mathis, KT and the Blues Scientists, and the Key City Jazz Collective, who will be performing 45 minute session each. (Wicks will be performing at the event as well with his group Key City Jazz Collective.) Click will also be attending the concert to enjoy the music and give insight on her journey to recovery.
The goal of the fundraiser is to bring Click's income closer to her targeted goal, but Wicks hopes those who attend the concert will also gain a greater sense of community from attending the event.
"The environment will be very relaxed, so people won't feel pressured to give any certain amount. I hope the concert will just allow people to give as much as they are lead to, even if that's just a few dollars, and to enjoy the company of Jordan and family," Wicks said.