NJ high school football player breaks neck during game

November 13, 2011 7:35:03 PM PST
A New Jersey community pulled together Sunday night to help the family of a badly injured high school football player.

Teammates, friends and neighbors of Tyler Vitiello gathered at Saddle Brook High School for a fundraiser.

Vitiello broke his neck during a game last weekend.

Each person who attended donated at least $10 toward the teen's medical expenses.

After hours of surgery, doctors say they are optimistic about a full recovery.

"He told me, 'I don't even care about football anymore, I just want to walk, that's my goal'. He set his mind to it, a few days later he walked. He took a few steps," teammate Shawn Sturdy said.

Tyler's sister Ashley Vitiello said, "It's scary, but he's going to get through it. He's tough. Tyler's tough. He knows what to do."

The entire event was streamed live online so Tyler could watch it from his hospital room.

If you'd like to make a donation to help Tyler's family with his medical bills or just send him a letter of encouragement, send it to:

Tyler Vitiello

P.O. Box 8458

Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

There's also a facebook page where you can show your support: