At an age when most of us had no bigger worries than who to take to prom and college applications, Myron Wright was paralyzed. However, he does not let anyone turn his story into a tragedy.
Since that fateful football game that changed his life forever, Myron Derrelle Wright has not let his injuries slow him down.
He attended Nicholls and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He then went on to Southern where he earned his M.B.A. If that’s not enough to impress while doing all of that he was also attending grueling physical therapy session, donating to various charities and starting his own philanthropic foundation.
“At first, it was all about me, but then I realized that the community was struggling and I wanted to do something for the community.” This realization led to him becoming involved with several charities that directly benefits locals, as well as starting his own charity foundation, The Myron D. Wright Foundation, in 2007. The foundation is run by a board staffed just about completely with family.
Community members seeking help can write to the Foundation at PO BOX 5051, Thibodaux, La, 70302. For those who want Myron to come speak at an event, he says to call him at 504-559-4321.
“This year was our second annual Christmas Toy Drive in my neighborhood.” Myron grew up and still lives in the Midland neighborhood of Thibodaux. He credits the strength of character he developed there as being instrumental to his recovery process.
“That’s another thing that keeps me going, I had gone through a lot prior to my situation. I had the strength to get through anything, coming from nothing, just from living in Midland. I’ve seen everything– there’s nothing new. Nothing bad that I haven’t seen.
“I’m proud to be from that territory. Because I’ve had the opportunity to be that inspiration to kids who don’t have that drive or anyone to look up to. So they can look and me and say ‘If he can make it, I can make it.’”
Myron has big plans for the Midland area, an area he clearly loves. Despite what anybody says about it. “People try to make it seem like it’s so bad, but it’s not. Like they say, it takes a village to raise a kid, and I definitely wouldn’t have my mindset if it wasn’t for Midland, and the elders and people looking out for me. I’ll never forget my people back home.”
He is also planning another back-to-school giveaway at the end of the summer before school starts.
He also sponsors others who need help, especially students. “I try to focus on community development. Community development, health and education. That’s my main thing. I just gave away scholarships in my name to four graduating seniors from Thibodaux High.
“I did that on the strength of trying to keep my name alive—in that setting Because I felt that I didn’t get the proper recognition from them [Thibodaux High]. I still feel that way.”
But instead of him letting the slight make him bitter, he uses it as fuel to do more for his community. “That’s one thing that motivates me to get involved with the younger generation. To let them know that I’m a part of this school. I was hurt at this school. And I don’t want my legacy to be forgotten.”
“I’m not done.”
And that is definitely an understatement. In addition to his foundations and charities, Myron also works full time. He is a Data Clerk and a Service Coordinator for the award-winning Thibodaux Medical Center. In his role as Service Coordinator, Myron draws upon his personal experiences to help others. He consults with doctors and therapists to make sure patients are cared for holistically. His input is often solicited and always respected.
“They respect me, and that’s what I like, they don’t look at the wheelchair, they look at Myron.”
When he’s not working, attending Moses Baptist Church or devoting time to his many charities, Myron says he likes watching sports and listening to live music. He has also recently become an art collector.
“It’s one thing I want to explore more, collecting art. Mostly paintings. Paintings that have meaning. I like New Orleans art. I like the culture—anything with that jazz, African American, soul, you know.”
He is extremely excited about his next venture: an academic center he plans on opening in the heart of the Midland area by the summer of 2017.
“It’s going to be nice. It’ll have a library, a computer lab. We’re going to focus on tutoring and SAT and ACT prep. Also how to apply for college and financial aid.
“A lot of kids from low-income areas don’t know how much money is actually out there for education. We can be that resource center where they can apply for scholarships that they don’t even know about to get them into college. That’s my main focus.”
His main focus, maybe, but not the end of his future plans. As well as getting a doctorate degree, Myron is also a considering a career in politics.
“I’m still debating. My director tells me every day and I’ll throw it out every now and again to my family—just giving them hints.”
His family is obviously very important to him. He praises his parents, Beverly and Deon Fletcher for both the discipline and support he received from them.
“I wouldn’t be half the person I am. My parents go over 100%. They go above and beyond. I owe everything to my parents. When I grew up, many of my friends didn’t have two parents in the house.
“That’s why I don’t blame some of the kids coming up today. People may judge them but they don’t know
what those kids are dealing with–they might be trying to help their mothers pay the light bill or put food on the table.”
Area Magazine would like to wish this truly inspirational young man the best of luck with all of his ventures! With the level of energy, he brings to everything—from Inspirational Speaking to running his Foundation, working full time, helping others, being an active church member—his success is inevitable. As Myron puts it, “Despite my situation, I’m blessed.”