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Eden Prairie football players rally around paralyzed teammate


Players are rallying around a 16-year-old member of the Eden Prairie High School football team who was paralyzed in a bike accident earlier this month, FOX 9 reports.

Adam Daggs broke his neck and was left a quadriplegic after he was struck by a vehicle going 40 mph near the intersection of Mitchell and Valley View roads in Eden Prairie Aug. 7. Daggs, who also plays lacrosse, also suffered a brain injury.

Daggs was reportedly crossing Mitchell Road through a median and was stuck by the southbound vehicle. His parents say the teen was wearing headphones and didn't have a helmet on.

Citing a police report, the Chanhassen Villager says the driver told police that Daggs darted out in front of him before the accident and despite an attempt to apply brakes and swerve, he struck the teen.

The Villager says police did not detect alcohol on the breath of the driver nor found any signs of impairment. The driver was not arrested after the crash nor is under further investigation.

In addition to their hospital visits where they've left signed footballs and helmets, Daggs' teammates have been working summer jobs to help cover medical expenses, FOX 9 says.

"It's been huge. (They are doing) stuff we don't even know about. Didn't ask. They took it upon themselves. Just want to say thank you," Daggs' father, Adam Powell, told FOX 9.

Daggs' recovery from his brain injury is reportedly going well, as he is reportedly blinking and mouthing words to communicate. Doctors say Daggs has lost the use of his arms and his legs, but his mother is thankful the teen survived.

"The fact he even lived through it says a lot. A lot of people wouldn't. It's a high up break,” Amber Daggs tells FOX 9.

The Villager says one of the Eden Prairie football coaches set up an Adam Daggs Foundation benefit account at the Associated Bank in Eden Prairie. In addition, a Caring Bridge page has been set up to detail Adam Daggs' recovery.

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Meanwhile, students and community members gathered Sunday for a 24-hour prayer vigil for Rachel Woell, a senior at Totino-Grace Catholic High School who is suffering from brain cancer, WCCO reports.

"We’re just sort of united for one cause, and that’s really to pray for Rachel,” Rachel Woell's dad, Jamie Woell, tells WCCO.

Last December, more than 1,000 students and staff members rallied around Woell by creating a video to the tune of the Katy Perry hit, "Roar," KARE 11 said.

In the video, shot to mimic the perspective of Woell walking down the hallways of Totino Grace, students are featured holding up signs and cheering the teen.

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