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Benefit held for Minnesota boy thrown from water slide

Sawyer Warner was thrown more than 30 feet to the ground in August.

More than two months after he was viciously thrown from a water slide in Apple Valley, falling 30 feet to the ground below, Sawyer Warner is getting a little extra help on his road to recovery. 

On Saturday, his family held a fundraiser at Woodys Bar & Grill in Bayport, Minnesota, to help cover the costs of his ongoing medical expenses.

The benefit included a raffle and silent auction, and was described as a success in the comments of the event's Facebook page. 

"Thank you to everyone who came out to the event today, it was truly incredible," Sawyer's mom Stacy wrote. "A big shout out to all those who organized and worked so hard to make the event such a success."

The benefit is part of the family's efforts to raise $50,000, the goal on a GoFundMe page set up on Sawyer's behalf.

There's still some way to go to reach that goal; as of Sunday morning, the effort has generated just shy of $37,000.

He suffered severe injuries when, while waiting in line to go down a water slide at Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center, he was allegedly thrown over the side of the platform by an 18-year-old who was reportedly frustrated at having to wait his turn. 

Sawyer's injuries included many broken bones, including a broken femur, requiring multiple surgeries and therapy. 

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Fortunately, Sawyer was able to attend Saturday's fundraiser and has made great strides in his recovery, though KARE 11 reports his family is "waiting for the day Sawyer is 100 percent once again."

Meanwhile, the suspect, Roman Adams, is facing third-degree assault charges over the incident.

The Pioneer Press reported that police said the teen, who has a developmental disability but "knew what he did was wrong," had bitten a lifeguard at the pool less than three weeks before Tuesday's incident.

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