A Lakeville South High School football player who was paralyzed in a swimming accident is finding out just how much he means to his community.
Dozens of motorcycle riders rallied around Dillon Borowicz, who was paralyzed from the chest down after he dove into a swimming pool and injured his spinal chord back in July. Riders and family members set out on a fundraising ride Saturday morning through rural Scott County.
"It's just really heartfelt, you know -- a lot of support," said Scott Borowicz, Dillon's father -- who is a motorcyclist himself. "The whole community's behind us."
The motorcycle fundraiser began with a gathering at The Red Fox Tavern in Lakeville, where Dillon Borowicz worked after school. His boss, Daryl McNabb, called the 18-year-old a hard-worker and said he considers him part of the family.
"I think he feels the same way," said McNabb.
It seems a lot of people are feeling the pain of Dillon's injury. Riders stopped along the route to pray for recovery.
Dillon Borowicz is recovering at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis, and his father told FOX 9 his son hasn't lost his winning attitude.
"The kid has one attitude that's just unstoppable," Scott Borowicz said, adding that he has faith his son will make a full recovery and walk again.
Friends want to help Dillon's family pay for the cost of mounting medical bills. They've organized more fundraisers to help. More information can be found online here.