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Football community comes together to help paralyzed high school player

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MADISON, CT (WFSB) -

Sports brought together the Madison community on Monday night to help a high school football player who was paralyzed in a diving accident.

Daniel Hand High School hosted New Canaan, Southington and Berlin high schools in a football scrimmage at the Surf Club in Madison.

The donations at the gate went toward benefiting the medical costs facing Hand football player Joe Barber and his family.

Two and a half weeks ago, Barber suffered a serious spinal cord injury in a diving accident at the Surf Club. Doctors said he’s paralyzed from the neck down.

Barber is a lineman for Hand football team.

Monday, the school’s cheerleaders led the way in collecting donations for their friend and classmate.

“He’s an amazing person,” said Amanda Jepson, a Hand high school junior. “Not only on the team, but he just uplifts the entire town. And this is very important just to come together for him because he comes together for us.”

They said they raised $1,200.

“We’re getting a very positive reaction from everyone,” said Alyssa Friend, captain of the Hand cheerleading team. “The whole school has come together. We sell ‘Go Joe Go’ bracelets and the whole community is basically coming together.”

A GoFundMe page has also been created. It’s called Go Joe Go. It said more than $54,000 has been raised toward a goal of $250,000 for medical costs.

A link to it can be found here.

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