On March 17, 18-year-old Alex Fraser, a senior at Blue Valley High School, suffered paralyzing injury to his spine while swimming at a beach in Mexico during spring break.
Alex had a first major surgery in Mexico and, less than a day later, he was then air lifted back to Kansas City to have a second major surgery at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS.
Now, it was just back in February he BROKE Blue Valley High School’s swimming record for the 100M breaststroke! And just three days before his injury, he received a call back from the University of Arkansas, where he had auditioned to be a part of their in the drum line.
His focus is now to regain mobility in his hands and the function of his arms. While Alex works hard to rehabilitate, tens of thousands in medical bills have mounted, and in the very near future he will need a motorized wheelchair and a full-size van with a hydraulic lift that can serve as the needed mode of transportation for Alex and the wheelchair.
To help with Alex’s medical bills, David Gaschen, who played the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” in BROADWAY, has stepped in. David is Alex’s cousin, and is now coming to Kansas City to perform for donations.
An event called “Alex's Angels Presents A Night of Music by Broadway's David Gaschen” has been set up for donations. The show will be held at Rockhurst High School in the Rose Theatre on Saturday, June 7th. For more details and tickets, click here.
- Kelly Urich