Mayor Alvin Brown is proclaiming February 7th, 'JT Townsend Day' in honor of the Jacksonville native who used his injury to help hundreds with disabilities.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The City of Jacksonville is keeping JT Townsend's legacy alive.

Friday, Mayor Alvin Brown officially declared February 7th, 'JT Townsend Day' in honor of Townsend's birthday.

Townsend would be turning 27 years-old. However, he died June 5th, 2013, after a heart attack.

He was paralyzed in 2004 when he was hit during a high school football game. After his accident, he started the J.T. Townsend Foundation and helped people with disabilities here on the First Coast.

something his mother Carmen says, keeps his legacy going, while helping hundreds of families dealing with disabilities.

"JT wanted to give people a better life...and he did that. He did that people, he did that and I think God for that."

'JT Townsend Day' also kicks off excitement for the 'checkpoint' to 'checkpoint' race, where teams of four will put their problem-solving skills to the test. It's set for Saturday, February 9th, at one at the Jacksonville landing- rain or shine.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the JT Townsend Foundation.

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