Friends of a Tampa man paralyzed after a mountain biking accident in Utah will hold an indoor rock climbing fundraiser on Nov. 3 to help pay for medical expenses, household bills, a better wheelchair, transportation, automobile modifications and other costs.
On Sept. 3, Brad Kula flipped his mountain bike and broke his back at his L-1 vertebra. The former Army National Guardsman had just bought his first home with his longtime girlfriend and worked as an auto body technician.
Vertical Ventures Indoor Rock Climbing Gym, 5402 Pioneer Park Blvd., Suite E, will donate its gym time and free instruction from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 to anyone willing to make a minimum $25 donation to Kula.
Kula's friends are hoping to raise $2,500. Participants are asked to preregister by donating to Kula's website, bradkulaswheeltoride.weebly.com, and printing a receipt to bring with them to Vertical Ventures. The gym will also take cash at the door.