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Fundraiser held for paralyzed high school athlete

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Betts played baseball at Lawrence North High School. Betts played baseball at Lawrence North High School.

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Indianapolis - More than 100 golfers teed off to raise money for a Lawrence North High School student who was paralyzed during a storm.

On May 30, a vicious storm knocked down a tree, sending it crashing on top of a storage shed. Inside the shed were four teenaged boys, including Bradley Betts.

"I remember just being in the barn and then hearing the noise and then just being on the ground. It was like a video game, everything was shaking," Betts said.

The tree broke his back, paralyzing Betts from the waist down.

"I can't get out of my head what he looked like when I got to him," Betts' brother Andy said after the accident. "He couldn't move and when I put him on my shoulder his legs were just dangling and he couldn't move them at all."

Betts was a pitcher on the Lawrence North baseball team.

"Normally, we play this tournament as a fundraiser for our baseball program, but we decided to combine the efforts and do it this time for Brad," said Lawrence North baseball coach Richard Winzenread.

"It's tough to see him struggling, because you want to help him, but at the same time, you don't want to help him, because you want him to be able to do it," Andy Betts said.

"Mentally, I'm stronger. I believe I can do a lot more," Bradley Betts said.

His family agrees that Betts has come a long way in the last couple of months. The benefit will help pay for even more progress.

"His therapy, all the adjustments we've had to make, his wheelchair, the car we're going to have to get for him. Everything that he needs to go day-to-day," Andy Betts said.

While Betts might not have been out with family and friends swinging a golf club, he's confident that one day soon, he'll be swinging a baseball bat again.

"I hope to walk on in college," he said.

Betts says he'd like to play for Purdue.

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