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School, community holds car wash fundraiser for student paralyzed by football injury

School, community holds car wash fundraiser for student paralyzed by football injury

Jefferson High School students, families and coaches held a fundraiser for Ethan Glynn in Bloomington on Sunday after a football injury left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.

In the Jefferson High School parking lot, dozens of cars lined up so the area was packed and the washing machines were busy.

“We’re doing a car wash to raise money for our friend who became paralyzed during a football game,” said Logan Peterson, a friend of Glynn’s.

A few weeks ago, Glynn was playing in a soccer game at Jefferson High School when he was injured in a tackle during the game. It left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.

“It was quite difficult. It’s unfortunate that it happens to someone, but mostly because he’s our best friend. It’s hard,” Tyler McGovern said.

Ethan was an all-round athlete. He played football, baseball and hockey in high school.

Coaches, family, friends and former Jefferson High School students came to the car wash to pitch.

“Everyone loves Ethan. The family is the nicest group of people you can ever meet,” said Michelle Masera, the organizer of the fundraiser.

Her son played sports with Glynn at a young age. They were on a travel baseball team together last summer.

“Caden had a hard time. I think all the kids have had a hard time. In fact, I know they did,” she said. “It’s like being your own child, and it’s hard.”

But the number 8 was visible around every corner of the car wash, making Ethan’s presence known.

With every step of recovery, Ethan has a village behind him.

“He’s a fighter. He’s not giving up. We’re not giving up. We’re all in this together,” Masera said.

A GoFundMe was also founded to also help Glynn’s family during his recovery.

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