Adrian Wright is a native of Columbia, SC and resided in Dillon the past 20 years. He is a 1995 graduate of W. J. Keenan High School. Adrian graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education, cum lade, from South Carolina State University where he was a member of the South Carolina State Marching “101” Band, initiated into Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity. He has also received a Master’s of Music Education (MMEd) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and completed all doctoral course work in music education at Boston University. Adrian is in his 21st year as Director of Bands at Dillon High School in Dillon, SC.
In 2020 Adrian became a committed cyclist, in just a few months he went from cycling 12 miles with his wife to riding over 40 miles with a group of advanced cyclists that embraced him as a novice rider. On December 21st, Adrian’s 43rd birthday, he set out to cycle alone to celebrate his birthday by tackling his first half century ride (50 miles). While cycling he was involved in a hit and run crash in which a pickup truck, ran over him and left. Adrian was later found on the side of the road, alert and responsive, but unable to move. We attribute him being here today to God and the passersby that found him and rendered aid.
Emergency responders transported Adrian to the local hospital, while in route they addressed his hypothermic state. Upon arriving at the hospital numerous assessments and scans were conducted, identifying multiple serious injuries. The medical team stabilized Adrian and immediately transferred him to a trauma hospital where he underwent emergency surgery upon arrival. Adrian’s injuries included a C2 vertebra fracture, acromioclavicular (AC) joint separation, collapsed lung, artery damage to a kidney and a mangled leg that included multiple collapsed arteries and fractures. Due to these extensive leg injures it was determined Adrian’s functional ability would never be restored which resulted in him receiving an above the knee amputation.
Adrian was on the ventilator and in a medically induced coma for 11 days before he learned of his serious injuries. On January 3rd, Adrian underwent a life changing procedure. He had his left leg amputated and continued to battle multiple issues that resulted in a hospital stay of 24 days. He then transferred to an local rehab facility where he received extensive therapy for 21 days. After emerging victoriously from this life changing event. Finally Adrian returned to his home on February 3rd. Despite his awesome progress and return home, he will continue to warrant costly medical treatments. Financial support would aid in future medical expenses. You can show your support for Adrian as he recovers by making contributions to the Adrian Wright’s Medical Fund through the Wright H.E.A.R.T.S (Help Encourage Adrian’s Recovery Through Sponsorship) Campaign.