Van Alstyne rallys behind injured teen

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

VAN ALSTYNE, TX -- Earlier this month, Van Alstyne teen, Riley Sprowl, suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a sledding accident. That accident may have left him damaged, but with his strong spirit and the help of others, his family says he's fighting for his comeback.

When a neighbor falls down, the Van Alstyne community is right there to pick him up. This month, that neighbor is Riley Sprowl.

"It's hit our community very, very hard, and the students at the high school," Superintendent John Spies said.

This community and thousands of people from all over are rallying behind Riley.

He's still in the hospital following his sledding accident.

While each day is a battle, this community has come together to join him in the fight.

"There's a determination that just, that we're gonna take care of him and we're going to be there for him and get through this together," Spies said.

Saturday a t-shirt sale was held in Van Alstyne. In the first half hour, all 450 shirts sold out.

"It's amazing. You know, like, I knew that our town was close, but having this tragedy happen brought us even closer," Sydney Sprowl said.

Riley's sister, Sydney Sprowl, says social media has aided in her brother's recovery.

"We actually read it to him, you know while he's laying there and you can tell in his face he's just so thankful for everything," she said.

"It gives him hope, you know. With everybody behind him, he may bend but he's not going to break."

Riley has a long road ahead, but friends say Riley will do as he's always done on the field -- fight to become better.

"Everybody loves and supports you. Get better soon!"

If you'd like to help with Riley's medical expenses or order a t-shirt, visit this website

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