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Published: Monday, September 03, 2018 @ 10:50 PM
COLDWATER — A student's tweet about an injured compadre at Coldwater High School went viral and led to a mass showing of support and affection Monday night.
MAC School and other local school athletes and students gathered at Cavalier Stadium to show support for Shane Home a Coldwater Junior on the football team who was injured in the JV game on Saturday. Keep shane in your thoughts and prayers. #SHANESTRONG pic.twitter.com/5j1qJBtM0c— Mike Spriggs (@cavfootball) September 4, 2018
A gathering of more than 200 that include Coldwater Cavalier football players, family, students, faculty, friends and representatives from at least 10 other Midwest Athletic Conference schools (plus Celina and St. Marys) formed a human shield of sorts at Cavaliers stadium featuring the uniform number of the junior varsity player, Shane Homan, who suffered a spinal injury this past weekend.
The tweet from @JakeWenning10 that ignited Monday night's expression of love and support was #ShaneStrong.
All High School Athletes and Students, come on out to Cavalier Stadium tonight at 6:30. My brother Tate will be taking an aerial picture of everyone on the field making a message to send to Shane. RT to spread the word #ShaneStrong #9 pic.twitter.com/9XvoKOjXCQ— Jacob Wenning (@jakewenning10) September 3, 2018
Saturday morning, during Coldwater's JV game against Delphos St. John, Shane suffered a fracture of one of his vertebrae, which left him unable to move or feel his legs.
He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight and surgery was performed to fuse his four of his vertebrae.
Feeling has returned to his legs, according to his parents and his football coach.
Shane will have to learn to walk again. Therapy is scheduled to begin in a few days.
Monday night, while his parents were with him at the hospital, Coldwater's varsity football coach used FaceTime to show Shane the message of support the gathering sent his way.