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Stabbed Waddington Marine recovering in rehab facility

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WADDINGTON — A Waddington native and Marine Corps corporal who was stabbed in the neck last month in California is on the mend, and friends are raising money to aid his family.

Marine Cpl. Jonathan C. Woodard, 23, who was stabbed in a random attack just days before he was to be deployed to Afghanistan, is recovering at Alvarado Medical Center, San Diego, his father, Charles W. Woodard, said. He suffered a severed carotid artery.

Charles Woodard said his son will most likely no longer be able to serve in the Marines.

“He is in good spirits, wanting things to heal faster as he wants to return to duty with his fellow Marines, which have already deployed,” his father said. “His neurologist told me that is not going to happen, as this has probably ended his military career.”

Cpl. Woodard was attacked by two men while walking to his hotel after attending a fair in El Centro, Calif., in the early morning hours of March 12. The El Central City Police Department is still searching for the two attackers, Commander Jeff A. Mason said.

Cpl. Woodard’s father said his son’s recovery is steadily progressing.

“He still has no fine motor skills in his left hand and limited in his right hand,” Charles Woodard said. “He also has a slight facial droop on his left side, which Thursday he laughed off and said to me, ‘Look, Dad, I’m like Stallone.’”

When he has completed his rehabilitation at Alvarado, he will be moved to Balboa Naval Medical Center.

“He has a long, hard road ahead. Please keep the prayers coming so he can get the best recovery,” his father said.

Cpl. Woodard’s Madrid-Waddington Central School classmates are currently selling wrist bands for $2 each to help his family recoup expenses. To purchase a bracelet, contact the Team JCW page on Facebook.

The Madrid-Waddington Class of 2008 will also host an all-day event at noon at April 20 at Waddington’s Donald M. Martin Civic Center. There will be food, a bake sale, a silent auction, shirts and bracelets for sale, and more. Admission is $4 for children and $8 for adults.

Classmates have also organized a talent show at 6 p.m. April 19 at the Waddington Old Town Hall.

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