By CBSBoston.com Staff

WORCESTER (CBS) — A fundraiser was held in Worcester Friday night to help Jake Thibeault, a Milton Academy hockey star who was seriously injured on the ice earlier this month.

The Worcester Ice Center hosted a public skate to raise money for Thibeault’s medical care.

Thibeault is one of the top hockey prospects in New England. He plays for Milton Academy and two private clubs. During a hockey tournament, he went hard into the boards and suffered a spinal cord injury that has left him virtually paralyzed from the waist down.

Tina Gendron, a family friend who helped organize the Worcester event, said Jake’s spirit will be a driving force in his recovery. “He’s amazing,” Gendron said. “The most amazing kid at that age that I have ever met, that I’ve ever known of, that just to have that attitude that of I’m going to persevere no matter what you tell me.”

GoFundMe page has been set up to help Jake’s family with medical and home construction costs. As of Friday, over $400,000 has been raised.

CBSBoston.com Staff