The Toronto Rock and their team sponsors have announced a plan to support a teenager who was paralyzed in a tragic lacrosse accident. 15-year old Dustin Sanderson from Orangeville, Ontario was checked awkwardly into the boards during a recent game. The hit was clean, but Sanderson fell into the boards awkwardly and was left paralyzed, from the neck down. Sanderson is recovering at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
To help the family with medical expenses, the Toronto Rock will donate $1 from every ticket sold from their home game with the Montreal Express on Sunday, February 3rd at 3:30 p.m. The Express are coached by Terry Sanderson, Dustin's uncle. Molson Canada, Via Rail, Sportsnet, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, TicketMaster and the Fan 590, will make matching contributions.
"This was a very unfortunate accident, the Toronto Rock support Dustin and his family. We wanted to show our support by creating funds that will help Dustin and his family get through these rough times. I would like to encourage all individuals and corporations to donate to this meaningful cause?any and everything counts?it's the right thing to do" said Brad Watters, President of the Rock.
The family has set up a Trust Fund at the CIBC bank in the name of Phillip and Susan Sanderson in trust of Dustin Sanderson, the account number is 70524951662.
National Lacorsse League Commissioner Jim Jennings said the League is working with each of the other twelve member teams to hold a similar fundraiser during a home game this season.