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October 4, 2013

Fundraisers set for boy who lost leg

NORTH ANDOVER — Less than a month after 10-year-old Tommy Cox lost a leg in a boating accident in New Hampshire, several fundraisers have been organized to help him and his family with medical bills and renovations to their home.

Tommy, a Sargent School fifth-grader, is a patient at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He is the son of John Cox Sr. and Julie Cox.

An event called “Tommy Strong Night’’ will happen Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. at Jaime’s Restaurant, 25 High St. Restaurant employees will wear Tommy Strong shirts and there will be a table where shirts and tickets to a fundraiser at the Stevens Estate will be sold. Donations will also be accepted.

The Stevens Estate fundraiser will be Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Organizers will sell 500 tickets at $25 each. To buy a ticket to this fundraiser, make a donation or obtain more information, visit www.tommystrong.com.

On Thanksgiving, a group of runners will enter the Feaster Five Road Race in Andover in support of Tommy. Anyone who wants to run with the Tommy Strong group can visit the Feaster Five website, www.feasterfive.com.

“People are coming out of the woodwork to support this family,’’ said Dina Pepi, an organizer in the effort to help Tommy and his family. “We have had donations from everywhere for the fundraiser, we will have dozens of silent auction items and baskets, a DJ and band, food and a cash bar.’’

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