Friends, family fundraise to support south side teen hit by car

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Last August, 13-year-old Alec Volz was hit by a car while riding his bike home from a church carnival on the southeast side. He had a traumatic brain injury and his right leg was amputated.

On Saturday, friends and family came together for a car wash to help raise money for the long and expensive road ahead.

"I would love to have a 100 percent recovery," said Alec's mom, Kim Volz.

It has been a year since the accident and Alec made major strides over the summer. He started talking and moving more.

"He's starting to show a lot of promise, just since July. He started using some of his limbs, starting to gain a little bit of control," Kim Volz said.

"Pleased with what we are seeing. It's small increments but it is progress," said Alec's grandfather Steve Volz.

Insurance won't cover all of the speech and physical therapy, which is why his former football team, friends and family came to help.

"He was on our football team last year, he's like family," said Alec's friend Justin Tracey.

"It's astronomical, more than we can probably fathom," Kim Volz said.

Between full-time nurses and possible in-patient therapy, Alec's family says he will likely need a lifetime of medical support.

"Now that he's showing the improvements, and needing therapies and things, it's like wow, now we can really see where you can pitch in and help," Kim Volz said.

On November 3rd, there will be another fundraiser for Alec at the Chick-fil-A at 5240 E. Southport Road. From 4 to 8 p.m. a portion of the proceeds will support Alec's Fund.

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