Drew Donnellan's story
In 2006, Drew Donnellan, a Salpointe gymnast, was injured during a routine and left paralyzed. The Star has followed his journey from recovery to college graduation.
One of Tucson's top male gymnasts is paralyzed from the neck down after suffering spinal cord damage in a tumbling accident his coach says happens "one in a million times."
The flip was routine. Drew Donnellan had done it hundreds of times, even working on a double. A few days earlier, he had tried a single, overrotated and landed on his face — his muscle memory overriding his mind. On May 12, about an hour into practice at Gymnastics World, his feet left the b…
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Drew Donnellan reaches his lips to the plastic straw sticking out of his motorized wheelchair.
The room with the drum kit will be Drew Donnellan's bedroom, at least for now. Volunteers have been renovating the old brick-and-plaster house on Edison Street in Midtown for two months. They removed a cabinet that was just beyond the front door. In his wheelchair, Drew can't fit through there.
Two hundred yards and a row of metal detectors away from the throng, Fran Donnellan tried to reassemble her son's wheelchair.
The Donnellans had their annual Christmas party one week ago.
Fran Donnellan might be the first mom in history to enjoy being brushed off by her son.
Drew Donnellan competes in the USA Gymnastics Men's Junior Olympic National Championships in Battle Creek, Mich.