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Fundraiser for paralyzed Pulaski soccer player

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Hundreds of people were in Somerset on Saturday to support a Southwestern High School soccer player and his family.
More than a month after a car accident on the way to school left him paralyzed, Christian Campbell is still in the hospital.
He suffered brain and spinal injuries, but has come a long way in his recovery.
"He has not actually verbalized vocally yet, but he has mouthed words. He has typed sentences, so he's making very good progress in that regard," family friend Marie McGowan said.
Campbell's 9-year old brother says he gets to see Chris a lot, but he misses having him at home.
"It's been okay, but there's a lot of things that I can't do when he's not around," Tristen Campbell said.
The injury has been hard on his soccer team as well.
"He was just so fast, we could rely on him to get us out of trouble. But we can't anymore," Southwestern teammate Brandon Wesley said.
Even though his number 14 isn't on the field this year, hundreds of his friends are wearing his number in support of his family.
On Saturday, friends of the family held a benefit for Chris.
They sold t-shirts, items at a live auction, and had a motorcycle ride to raise money for the family.
"Absolutely overwhelmed. I can't describe what this means to me, it's absolutely wonderful," McGowan said.
Chris's soccer teammates say it's been a tough season without him on the field, but the support from everyone at events like this has helped tremendously.
"It's been hard but everybody's been giving us their support, which helps a lot. It's just good to know that everybody's there for him," McGowan said.
In honor of Chris, the team has started every game this season with only 10 out of 11 players on the field, leaving Chris's starting spot open.
Southwestern is riding a six game winning streak right now, and their next game is on Monday against Lincoln County.
The playoffs start next week, and the Warriors will be one of the top seeds in the tournament.


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