Paralyzed Marine brutally attacked, thrown from chair becomes an inspiration to all

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A paralyzed Marine, running a surf camp for children with disabilities recently became the victim of a brutal assault, was robbed of his custom surfboards, before the assailants ripped him from his wheelchair, reported local San Diego news KUSI.

Randy Abbott, has received an outpouring of support from individuals disgusted by the horrific crimes perpetrated on a man who’s made it his life’s mission to serve others. A GoFundMe account has been created to replace the specially designed surf boards stolen from him. The fund has already raised $3,421 — nearly three times the original $1,200 goal.

Abbott had spent 14 years as a Marine Corps recon scout sniper before receiving back surgery needed from his years in the service. During the procedure his spinal cord was accidentally severed, leaving him paralyzed, according to the KUSI report.Abbott5

Abbott didn’t let his disability get him down and found great joy in surfing after he was able to get his hands on these unique boards made to accommodated his physical limitations. The boards were among the stolen merchandise Monday, taken by the two thugs who assaulted Abbott, KUSI reported.

Abbott described the details of that attack, “The guy that was cutting the straps had come around behind me, and threw me out of my wheelchair, and then kicked my wheelchair and it rolled probably 50 feet down the parking lot,” he said, “then they threw my surfboards in the back of their (Toyota) 4Runner and took off.”

The events of that day were deplorable and horrifying, only to be made worse by the attacked being on someone as heroic and kind-hearted as Abbott. After years of military service, enduring the pain of becoming paralyzed, then using it all to help others, Abbott certainly didn’t deserve the brutality brought on him.

Amanda Shea


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