Columbus basketball star moved to Indianapolis hospital; $53,000 raised in two weeks

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 16, 2015)– A community is rallying around a star basketball player from Columbus North High School who remains in critical but stable condition. On Monday, he was moved from IU Methodist Hospital to an Indianapolis hospital to continue treatment.

Josh Speidel suffered a serious brain injury after a crash on Sunday, February 1st in Bartholomew County. Since then, the community has come together to help with medical costs. A crowdfunding page was launched by the family and in two weeks raised more than $53,000. People have been using #JoshStrong on social media to show their support.

His parents said he’s breathing both on his own and with the help of a machine in a neuro-critical care unit. They’re awaiting purposeful movements though, like squeezed hands or open eyes.

“God has a plan for all of this,” said Lisa Speidel, Josh’s mother, “Josh is going to have a great story to tell, and he’s going to be able to use this for a bigger purpose.”

The Speidels say they’ve also received so much support from the University of Vermont, where Josh has a scholarship to play basketball after graduation. They said they read Josh every Tweet, Facebook message, and card they receive, and his dad even sings to him.

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