Martina McBride Helps Paralyzed Music Student Walk Again

Martina McBride and her husband John have a special relationship with their music students. And if one of them is hurt, so are they.

And that certainly proved to be true in the case of David Francisco, a 24-year old student at Blackbird Music Academy in Nashville, when he was in a devastating accident. He was struck by a car while riding his bike, just a mile away from the school where he was pursuing his musical dreams. But McBride and her husband were not about to let those dreams slip away.

The country singer and her husband stayed with Francisco, who suffered a broken back, damaged spinal cord, and a torn up forearm, until his parents arrived. Francisco's father fell into Mr. McBride's arms upon getting to the hospital room, at which point, the McBrides both told him, “We're going to be with you all the way through this."

Artist: Martina McBride. Photo: Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Between returning the family's deposit for the music school and raising over $30,000 through online fundraising and the MusiCares foundation, the McBrides helped the Francisco family secure enough money to send David to The Shephard Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta to receive specialized treatment for his spinal cord injuries.

Francisco is gearing up to graduate the six-month music program today, June 30, and the Tennessean reports that he may be able to walk without assistance at his graduation. His musical resume has grown tremendously, having performed with Martina McBride and Steven Curtis Chapman. Francisco has also met with pop artists Katy Perry and Jason Mraz during his studies, and he is planning to move with his girlfriend to Los Angeles after graduation. He is hopeful that his progress will continue.

Thankfully, McBride and her husband were around to help Francisco heal and continue his path to a musical career.