Colton Schirmer Fundraiser Takes Place Saturday In Vevay
By Travis Thayer
Colton Schirmer suffered a serious neck injury while playing in a high school football game on Friday, October 6. Photo provided.
(Vevay, Ind.) – A Switzerland County High School football player is continuing the fight to regain mobility after a serious injury this past season.
Pacers freshman Colton Schirmer fractured his fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae on October 6 during a game at North Decatur High School.
Schirmer would be flown to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, where he would spend the next six weeks recovering following overnight surgery.
His hospital stay was brightened by a visit from several teammates, who brought Colton his favorite pizza from Hunt Brothers Pizza in the Shell station in Vevay.
The news got back to the Hunt Brothers’ headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, and the company came up with the idea of hosting a fundraiser for Colton.
This Saturday, December 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., all pizza sales, proceeds and donations collected at the Vevay Shell station will go towards Schirmer’s medical expenses. Hunt Brothers Pizza says it will match fundraising totals, reports the Madison Courier.
As for Colton’s rehab, approximately one month ago he was able to move his right leg on his own for the first time. He has also been able to move his head and neck.
Schirmer has been at Especially Kids in Shelbyville since December 4, and is scheduled to be evaluated by the Frazier Rehab Clinic in Louisville on Thursday in hopes of getting him admitted to the program to continue physical and occupational therapy.
Anyone interested in donating to the Schirmer family may do so at www.gofundme.com.