Matthew Sorisho, a senior at Novi's Detroit Catholic Central High School, was seriously injured during a hockey tournament earlier this month.
"He screamed immediately, 'My legs!'" his mother, Deborah Sorisho, told ESPN.
Sorisho's family and friends are uniting to raise money to help with the cost associated with his spinal cord injury. As of Thursday morning, they raised 22 percent of their $200,000 goal on online fundraising website GiveForward.
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Strangers have offered their support to Sorisho via GiveForward.
“Matt, you don't know me, but I played hockey for CC back in the 70's. Stay strong and stay close to the Lord, he'll always be there when you need him," wrote David Gruley.Sorisho hit the boards back-first during a game at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena while playing for a Michigan Development Hockey League all-star team, the Detroit Free Press reported. He went through a seven-hour surgery to remove a shattered disk in his back, according to the article.
"I will say this: He’s a tough, high-quality-character young man. I know he’s going to fight his rear end off," Novi Detroit Catholic Central athletic director Aaron Babicz told the Free Press.
Sorisho has seen an outpouring of support for his speedy recovery, including from professional hockey players like David Moss, a forward with the Phoenix Coyotes. Moss, who happened to be in town and is a former Catholic Central student, visited Sorisho at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills and gave him his hockey stick, which he and his teammates signed, ESPN reported.
The family needs funds to modify the family home, assist with medical expenses not covered by insurance, purchase necessary equipment and offset increased living expenses.
Donations can also be sent directly to the high school, which will turn over all donations to the Matthew Sorisho Trust Fund. Checks may be made out to Catholic Central High School with “Matt Sorisho Trust Fund” on the memo line. Note that 100 percent of the funds sent to the high school will be given to the Matthew Sorisho Trust Fund while 92.1 percent of the donations on GiveForward will go to the fund after the administrative costs are covered, according to the school.
There will also be a Benefit for Matt on Center Ice at Compuware Arena on Nov. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will feature silent and live auctions, a cash bar and special guest speakers. Tickets are $100 per person (adults only), which includes a strolling dinner and one drink ticket. To purchase tickets or place bids, visit bidpal.net/matt18.
Editor's Note: This story has been edited to correct the misspelling of 'spinal cord' in the headline.