Fund-raisers planned for paralyzed Petaluma teen

Danny Cox, the Petaluma teenager paralyzed in a diving accident three weeks ago, will have almost all of his estimated $400,000 in medical and rehabilitation bills covered by insurance.

But there could be another $100,000 in expenses that need to be paid, so friends and supporters are organizing a variety of fund-raising events to bridge the gap.

"The family is going to need a lot of money. I'm trying to raise as much as I can," said Matt Menard, a firefighter who lives two floors above Graffiti, the Petaluma restaurant owned by Cox's family.

Menard has organized a benefit golf tournament, while others are staging a fund-raising football game with alumni from Casa Grande High School and the injured athlete's alma mater, Petaluma High.

Menard feels a special kinship with Cox, who was planning to pursue a career in firefighting.

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