Detroit Red Wings, alumni join to support injured high school hockey player

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:05:20 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 20 2013 06:29:27 PM EST

A high school hockey player needs half a million dollars to be able to live a life as close to normal as possible after a severe injury.

NOVI, Mich. -

Players, coaches and former members of the Detroit Red Wings gathered Wednesday evening to raise funds to pay the rising medical bills of a high school hockey player left paralyzed from an accident during a game.

Matt Sorisho, a senior at Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi, fell back-first into the boards, fracturing his spinal cord. He is paralyzed from the waist down. The medical expenses, home modifications and mobility equipment his family needs will cost more than $500,000 in the first year.

On Wednesday night, current members of the Red Wings, including Danny DeKeyser, Jimmy Howard, Mikael Samuelsson and Stephen Weiss joined with head coach Mike Babcock and Red Wings alumni Kris Draper, Chris Osgood, Kirk Maltby and Ted Lindsay and Matt's teammates  for a fundraising event at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.

Money was raised with a vast array of special items donated by the Red Wings and others.

Many restaurants donated food and services for a strolling dinner. Dennis Kranak, of the Toasted Oak Grille, said he was willing to do anything to help out.

"It really brings a tear to my eye just to see him. I can't really talk about that aspect. It's such an amazing difference when you have children and to see a tragedy happen. It just really brings it home. So anything we can really do," Kranak said

Wednesday's event was the latest in a series of fund-raising projects to help Matt Sorisho and his family.

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