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Using team spirit to help one of their own

WHITE OAK, TX (KLTV) – Earlier this month, a car accident left 16-year-old Michael Rickman of White Oak paralyzed. His friends, including some very special baseball players, are making sure Michael does not face this alone.

It is two hours until the first pitch is thrown, but instead of hitting a couple of balls for practice, these baseball players are hitting the crowd for a cause.

Three weeks ago, 16-year-old Michael was involved in a car accident which left him paralyzed from the chest down.

"They didn't think he was going to make it. They thought that he wouldn't make it to Good Shepherd," says Laura Rickman, Michael's mom.

So when 10-year-olds Luke Lassiter and Ryan Denton heard about what happened, they took it upon themselves to help.

As of now, Michael's mom says he has limited use of his arms and is learning to use his fingers again. But they have hope.

"He has a lot of strength; he always has. He's never been a quitter. He's always been a fighter for everything. He has a very outgoing personality and all of that is going to get him through this," adds Laura.

Michael Rickman is currently at Baylor Hospital in Dallas where his family says he'll be for the next eight weeks. An account has been set up to help with Michael's expenses. A donation can be made at any Austin Bank location.

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