ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A tragic accident left a young man working to regain movement in his legs and arms. His friends and his community have partnered together to raise money for his medical care.
Friends of a Westover High graduate spent Saturday working out at World Camp Crossfit Gym.
The goal was not just to get in better shape, but to help one of their own.
"I met Grant my sophomore year when I transferred to Westover which is the school he graduated from. He immediately welcomed me with open arms. We've been great friends since then," said friend Hope Joiner.
Grant Brunson is a freshman at Georgia Tech.
A few weeks ago, he was injured during a team-building activity with his fraternity. He fractured his vertebrae.
Brunson's friends have rallied together to help him and his family in the face of the accident.
"We're all coming together at our little gym here to hopefully raise some money to help with any kind of medical expenses, overnight stays, food, what have you, whatever they need," said Kris Morrill, World Camp Gym owner.
Brunson's family has been part of the World Camp family for years.
The gym is offering free workouts open to the public. In return, they simply ask for a donation to help Grant and the Brunson family.
"It is like a huge family. It is an extended family so when something happens everybody comes together, pitches in and tries to do their best to make whatever happen," said Morrill.
Brunson's high school friends have found various ways to help. They created fundraisers and a GoFundMe page to help raise money for their friend, who they say can light up a room.
"He makes everyone laugh. He's one of the most genuine and kind-hearted people you'll ever meet," said Joiner.
Friends like Joiner says its a no brainer why they want to help out.
Now, they await Grant's return home.
"I know if the roles were reversed, he would help me. Because him and his entire family are just amazing people. It's awful that this happened so anything that I can do or anything that me and my friends can do to help is exactly what we're going to do," said Joiner.
The gym will host a car wash and bake sale on Sunday. All money raised will go to Grant's cause.
Visit Grant's GoFundMe page to donate.