June 10, 2019
Jacksonville, FL — Memorial Hospital is excited to welcome NFL Denver Bronco Defensive End, DeMarcus Walker for a visit to its trauma and orthopedic patients on Fri, June 14, 2019 at 10am (Media must meet in main hospital lobby at 9:50am to be escorted to Trauma Unit). Walker was a student at Landmark Middle and Sandalwood High schools in Jacksonville before playing college football for Florida State University, and has been with the Denver Broncos since 2017.
"We are thrilled that DeMarcus is generously finding time to visit our trauma and orthopedic patients while on a brief visit home here in Jacksonville," said John Lazenby, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Memorial Hospital. "I'm sure that's going to lift their spirits, especially for some of our more severe trauma patients."
One of the trauma patients Walker will meet at Memorial is 21-year old Ian Brasfield who was involved in a wreck on JTB where he slid off his motorcycle and was then run over by two subsequent vehicles. Brasfield has been at Memorial for about four months and has had more than 30 surgeries and received over 90 pints of blood. Walker will also visit Arlington resident Daniel Tanguay who sustained spinal cord injuries after falling down a staircase. Tanguay was a quadriplegic as a result of the incident but after surgery and five months of hospitalization with intensive physical therapy and treatments, he has since recovered limited use of his limbs. Walker will also meet orthopedic knee and hip replacement patients during their physical therapy gym session.
"I am looking forward to returning home and doing my part within the Jacksonville community. I am honored to visit critically injured trauma patients at Memorial Hospital and orthopedic patients to encourage them on their way to full recovery," said Walker. "It brings me joy to give-back to my hometown. I was taught to show up and give back, and that is what my entire weekend is about, I am grateful to be able to do this."
Born on September 30, 1994 in Jacksonville, the 6 foot 4 inch tall defensive end was a Round 2 draft pick for the Denver Broncos. He was the 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and an All-American, and was a BCS National Champion in 2013 and a two-time ACC champion in 2013 and 2016.