A Dixon teen paralyzed after a trampoline accident is getting huge support from the community. Thursday night a group of Dixon High School students held a bake sale at the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting.
"We made brownies, we made a bunch of brownies,” said student Lexy Uribe.
Fourteen boxes of brownies later and dozens of cookies, students have been working hard to raise money for a classmate in need.
"I can't believe they are doing that for me, and some of them don't even know me,” said Ivan Contreras.
A Dixon High sophomore, Contreras became paralyzed after a trampoline accident in his backyard over Labor Day weekend.
"All of a sudden I just couldn't feel anything, it happened so quickly,” Contreras said.
Under the supervision of teacher Eleanor Pracht-Smith, the students baked the goodies all on their own free time.
"I'm just proud of these students, they're really helping,” Pracht-Smith said. “They're making their little world of Dixon a better place, and I'm really proud to be a part of it."
The goal is to help the Contreras family buy a van that can accommodate Ivan’s motorized wheelchair.
"I wasn't just going to donate money, I wanted to do something great,” Uribe said.
Touched, the 16-year-old is grateful for all the support.
"I'm thankful for all the help, and without you guys it wouldn't be possible to get a van,” said Contreras.
Donations can also be made at First Northern Bank, c/o Ivan Contreras Rehab Fund, 195 North First Street in Dixon.
Routing number: 121105156
Account number: 01410222