This Saturday our community will join together in support of Evan Rector and his beautiful family as Evan continues his rehabilitation journey after a traumatic accident last fall. On September 27th, 2014, Evan was involved in a motorcycle accident and was taken by Life Flight to Vanderbilt. Friends and family gathered to pray and support his wife Catherine and their daughter Cori Ray as Evan underwent surgery that would save his life, but that resulted in the loss of his left arm and left leg. With faith and determination Evan began the long road to recovery, but it has not been without challenges along the way.
Two months after Evan’s accident his father, Laray Rector, was tragically killed while out cycling. Laray and his wife Susan raised their two boys, Alex and Evan in the Columbia area while Laray worked as a dentist in Lewisburg, TN. Evan, a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, built a career as a dental practice manager. After Evan’s accident Laray’s dream was for Evan to one day soon walk and even run a marathon again and with this weekend’s Rise Up event, that dream can help become a reality.
Laray & Evan Rector, Sue Byrd (grandmother), Alex and Susan Rector
Rise Up is an inspirational evening created by Evan’s friends and family with all proceeds going to help fund his new prosthesis. Inky Johnson, former UT football player and inspirational speaker will be there to share his story of hope and triumph. September 9, 2006, Inky was playing college football in Neyland Stadium when a routine tackle resulted in paralysis of his right arm. Not one to be knocked down, Inky has rebounded and now works to mentor athletes and underprivileged youth in Atlanta. Inky, like Evan, believes in God’s purpose for his life and the ability to accomplish great things in the face of adversity.
Rise Up will be held April 18th, 6:00pm at the Anderson Field House, Columbia Academy. Tickets to hear Inky Johnson speak are still available and can be purchased for $10.00 at the Columbia Academy business office or at the door. If you are unable to attend the event but would still like to donate you can do so through Evan’s website, www.prayersforevan.com or you can mail a check made out to Evan Rector Fund to this address: