Ft. Calhoun Holds Fundraiser for Injured Football Player
Community Rallies Around Injured TeenPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Isaac Pfeifer suffered a spinal cord injury on the football field on November 6th. The Norfolk Catholic senior lost feeling in his legs.
Norfolk Catholic was playing Fort Calhoun when the injury happened. That community wanted to do something to show Isaac and his family they were thinking about him and standing by him during his recovery.
Mike Conrad is active with the Fort Calhoun Knights of Columbus and has known the Pfeifers for years through the organization. He and others decided to hold a fundraiser for the Pfeifers.
"We were hearing from some of the parents in our community how some of our kids were having a hard time coping and dealing with facts and seeing what happened on that football field," Conrad said.
About 1,200 people packed into Schwertley Hall throughout the afternoon and evening. The silent auction, dinner, bake sale and raffle raised money for Isaac and his family.
Isaac's dad, Neil Pfeifer, says this will help with the inevitable, unexpected costs such as upgrading their home so it's accessible to a wheelchair.
Neil Pfeifer said, "we've got to meet with an assessment team to look at our home because he will probably still be in a wheelchair when we bring him home."
Isaac is still at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln. His dad says he will likely be there through early February. Neil says his son still doesn't have feeling his legs, but he says that's not surprising. He reminds everyone this is a very, very long journey.
But as his family works through this journey he says the support from people all over the state has been amazing. He says his family is incredibly thankful for the outpouring of love.