Allen Patterson’s tragic journey began in 1995, as a 19-year-old sophomore Engineering student attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He unfortunately became the victim of an unprovoked drive-by shooting that ultimately left him completely paralyzed.
The shooting occurred on October 13, 1995 just days prior to the Million Man March held in Washington D.C. Allen and two of his classmates made the journey, eager, to attend the March so that they could support the combined efforts of men to prevent violence and support positive efforts in the African American community.
However, Allen never made it to the March, for the very reason that he was purposed to attend, Violence. While the three friends were driving in the Washington D.C. area, they became the victims of an unprovoked drive-by shooting. The bullet, that entered Allen's neck, partially severed his spinal cord at the C2 level and nearly ended his life.
Beyond all medical logic and expectations, Allen miraculously survived the shooting. His recovery was provided at the University of Maryland's shock-trauma unit in Baltimore, Maryland. He was then transferred to the Kessler Rehabilitation Center in West Orange, New Jersey before returning home to begin his long, arduous road to recovery.
Allen Patterson’s response to this change was to throw himself headlong into his life with a newfound fervor, being motivated to look inward to self-awareness and self-love. This tragedy changed the course of Allen’s life as he became accustomed to the overwhelmingly different and compulsory way of life.