One year later: Indianapolis boy struck on bicycle making progress

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It has been a difficult year of heartbreak and promise for one Indianapolis family.

Almost one year ago, 13-year-old Alec Volz was hit on his bicycle while leaving a church carnival on the southeast side.

He suffered a traumatic brain injury and his right leg was amputated. In recent days, however, Alec has proven that he still shines.

"In the last few weeks he's gotten control of mouth, tongue, lips and now he's talking," said Alec's father, Mark Volz.

"There's all this renewed hope and it's like we can actually come to the year anniversary and go 'wow.' We are on our road to recovery," said Alec's mother, Kim Volz.

Mark Volz says insurance will no longer pay for therapy, but the community has stepped in day after day.

"Thank you. Because if it wasn't for them we wouldn't be here. We've had so much help building ramps and getting the house completely rebuilt to get a chair through it," Mark Volz said.

Alec loved to dance and before the accident, he posted videos of his dubstep skills on YouTube. With his recent progress, Alec's family believes there are no limits to his recovery.

"We're pretty sure we're going to walk, huh, buddy. Are you going to walk for us? Yeah, we know we're going to talk, then we'll walk. And then we'll dance," Mark said to Alec during an interview Friday afternoon.

The Volz family anticipates a lifetime of therapy and medical costs for Alec. They have set up a fund so the community can help.

Contributions can be sent to any Huntington Bank to the account "SJV Special Needs Fund attn. Alec Volz.”

Donations can be made out to "SJV Special Needs Fund" and mailed to 7215 East Troy Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46239.

Donations can also be made here.