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Campus turns out to help student injured in accident

By UW-W Media Relations

(Published March 21, 2007, 2:07 p.m.)

When something tragic happens people care, but when something tragic happens at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students, faculty and staff unite.

This past January, Tony Sabel, 21, was injured in a sledding accident and is now paralyzed from the chest down as a result of the snow tubing accident. He was a resident assistant in Wells East and a peer mentor in the New Student Program.

On Tuesday, March 20, a campus-wide fundraiser was held for Sabel. A goal of $10,000 has been set, which will go toward medical bills, as well as the remodeling of his parents' home to accommodate a hospital bed and wheelchair. The family will also need a van to transport him to and from therapy.

"After Tony's accident we received numerous calls from people on campus who wanted to do something. John Gaffney, Tony's hall director in Wells East, and I decided to pull the people together to solidify the efforts," Associate Director of Residence Life Sandi Scott Duex said.

There were six major donation sites throughout UW-Whitewater. Volunteers wearing bright lime green shirts that said "Tuesday for Tony" collected donations in Esker and Drumlin dining halls.

A wheelchair basketball benefit game will also be held for Sabel Tuesday, April 17. At the game, there will be a basket raffle where people will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to win a themed basket. The baskets have been donated by various residence halls and local businesses.

Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. Tickets for the basket raffle will be available after spring break. All proceeds will go to the Sabel family.

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