A Minnesota community is banding together in support of a Minnetonka High School senior and football player, who is fighting for his life after an off-the-field accident.
On April 12, Andrew Viger was skating down a hill on a long board he had made when it broke, which resulted in an injury to his brain stem, according to his Caring Bridge page. Suddenly, the always positive and caring athlete was in a coma, KSTP says.
Now the community is pulling for him, wearing orange (Viger's favorite color) and selling orange "we are one" bracelets to help raise money for his medical expenses.
On Tuesday night, the community gathered at Chipotle in Wayzata to help raise money for Viger. Chipotle donated 50 percent of purchases made in Viger's honor to his benevolence fund.
The day after Viger's accident, students gathered together to support their injured classmate, even painting the school's rock in honor of "Vigs."
"I think it speaks volumes to how strong Minnetonka is as a community, you know coming together," teammate and friend Jack Rotman, told KSTP.
Nearby schools even showed their support. A few days after Viger's accident, Benilde St. Margaret's students dressed in Minnetonka blue.
Viger was weaned off coma medication on April 21, according to a post on his Caring Bridge page, and he remained stable with "good numbers," but seeing neurological function could take days or weeks. In a post on Tuesday it said, "Andrew looks so good ... today is a good day!" and previous posts indicate that tests are showing he's making some improvements.
For those wishing to donate, checks may be made out to the "Andrew Viger Benevolence Fund" and mailed directly to: Anchor Bank, 1055 Wayzata Blvd. East, Wayzata, Minnesota, 554391, or donate online through Paypal here – just enter the email address AVBenevolenceFund@gmail.com and the amount you wish to donate.