September 12, 2014 James suffered an acute subdural hematoma during the 3rd quarter while playing football for Olathe East. The doctors gave him less than a 7% chance of survival. He had to relearn everything including eating, walking, talking and using his hands. Since his injury, his passion for art has become stronger. He has painted with acrylic paints, created ceramic artwork, and printed graphics including last years Parade of Hearts (City of Fountains, Pouring out Love) All of his artwork is about spreading the message to love one another.