Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fundraisers for Matt Cruz

A variety of fundraisers are starting to crop up for Matt Cruz, 16, the Neshaminy High School sophomore who was injured in a bus crash in Boston on Feb. 2, and who remains an inpatient at Magee Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, paralyzed from the chest down.

Fundraisers for Matt Cruz

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Megan Cruz looks at her son Matt and touches his hand as he speaks to reporters at Magee Rehab Hospital April 15, 2013 about the bus accident he was involved in on a trip to Harvard that has left him a quadriplegic.  Matt, a 16-year-old sophomore at Neshaminy High, has a couple of longterm goals, first is to walk again and the second is to attend Harvard.  ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )
Megan Cruz looks at her son Matt and touches his hand as he speaks to reporters at Magee Rehab Hospital April 15, 2013 about the bus accident he was involved in on a trip to Harvard that has left him a quadriplegic. Matt, a 16-year-old sophomore at Neshaminy High, has a couple of longterm goals, first is to walk again and the second is to attend Harvard. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )

A variety of fundraisers are starting to crop up for Matt Cruz, 16, the Neshaminy High School sophomore who was injured in a bus crash in Boston on Feb. 2, and who remains an inpatient at Magee Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, paralyzed from the chest down.

Cruz spoke to reporters on Monday, April 15 - you can find that story, which ran in Monday's Inquirer, here.

At the press conference, his lawyers said that a trust has been set up to help pay for modifications to Cruz's home, which will have to be made wheelchair accessible. Donations can be sent to the Bucks First Federal Credit Union, 2104 Bath Rd., Bristol, Pa., 19007.

A family friend, Juli Flynn, said in an e-mail last week that teenagers had begun planning a fund-raising event for the Cruz family, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 11 at Our Lady of Grace School gym in Penndel. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

And today, the Neshaminy School District sent out a press release announcing that the Neshaminy Dance Team and the Neshaminy Interact Club would hold a dance fundraiser at the high school on Saturday, April 27th at 7 p.m.

"The event has been organized by Neshaminy High School student Courtney Miller with the support of the Dance Team and Interact Club," the release reads. "The evening is both to honor the memory and the tragic loss of Neshaminy students Stephen Barner, Christopher Mongillo, Trevor Newman and Brandon Rogers, and to support Matthew Cruz who was critically injured in a recent bus accident in Boston, MA."

Mongillo, 15, and Newman, 16, were killed in separate incidents in January, less than two weeks apart, when they were hit by SEPTA Regional Rail trains.

Rogers, 20, a 2011 graduate of Neshaminy High School, died in January, an obituary said. The Lower Southampton Patch reported that Rogers died accidentally after falling off his motorcycle in Middletown.

Barner, 20, was also a 2011 graduate of Neshaminy, according to an obituary, who died suddenly at his home on March 14.

Tickets to the fundraiser are $5 and will be available at the door. The event is being held in the high school's Theodore Kloos Auditorium.

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