East County News Service
July 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – William (Bill) Bodry, founder of the Challenge Center in La Mesa and long-time champion of the disabled, died at his home of heart failure on his 72nd birthday, June 15th 2017. A celebrate of life to honor his memory will be held on July 15 at 12 noon at the Challenge Center in La Mesa.
Bodry founded the Challenge Center in 1987 after suffering a spinal cord injury from botched surgery that left him paralyzed at age 27, with no adequate facility for long-term rehabilitation. The center has had amazing results helping patients with severe brain and spinal cord injuries, as ECM reported back in 2008, enabling many severely disabled patients to walk, talk and achieve independence. In his interview, Bodry shared his dream: for the program he founded at Challenge Center to someday become a national model replicated nationwide.