Lakeville community rallies around paralyzed football player

10:55 PM, Aug 17, 2012   |    comments
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LAKEVILLE, Minn. - Hearts are still heavy for the family of Dillon Borowicz.

"We're praying for him non-stop," said Dillon's 12-year-old brother Matt. "We're with him 24/7."

Dillon's family has been by his side since July 15. That was the day the soon-to-be senior at Lakeville South High School dove into the family pool and hit bottom, head first.

"It could've been worse," said Dillon's dad Scott Borowicz. "We're lucky. We still have Dillon."

The pool accident left the 18-year-old with fractured vertebrae and a pinched spinal cord. He has undergone surgery at Abbott Northwestern but remains paralyzed from chest down.

"Dillon tells me not to worry and says 'I will walk again,'" said Scott. "He's always smiling and positive despite everything that's happened."

Dillon spent the summer preparing for his final season of high school football at Lakeville South. His teammates will wear a decal on their helmets honoring him this fall.

"He's the hardest working guy on our team," said senior captain Matt Leidner. "We're honoring him because we know how bad he wants to be out here with us."

A special motorcycle ride benefit is scheduled for Saturday, August 18 and it is one of several fundraisers being organized. For information on how to support the Borowicz family and to stay updated on Dillon's recovery click here.

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