CARLSBAD, Calif. - Dozens came together Saturday for a lacrosse tournament fundraiser to help a La Costa Canyon High School graduate recovering from bacterial meningitis.
Players from all across the county gathered to play in the fundraiser tournament for Aaron Loy. Some of them actually played against Loy when he was a senior at La Costa Canyon High School. On Saturday, they came together in his honor.
"He was a great player, always energetic, upbeat, great passer, great feeder … he just was one of those guys you want to have on the team," said former teammate Cameron Ziegler.
Players of all ages formed 12 teams for a fundraiser tournament to help with Loy's medical expenses and to raise awareness about meningitis.
Loy was one of four students at UC Santa Barbara to contract the disease last month. His case was so bad he had to have both feet amputated.
His former coach says helping each other out is what the lacrosse community is all about.
"When someone's having a hard time and needs some help, be it financial or whatever, everyone is really in it together," said Bryan Bome, Loy's former coach.
Friends tell 10News Loy is making great progress. On CaringBridge.org, a family member posted, "Aaron is amazing … even more resilient and brave than I had realized." He has gained enough strength to operate his laptop and is improving each day.
Friends say although Loy might not be able to play like he once did, his passion for life and the sport of lacrosse will not keep him off the field.
"I guarantee you he'd say no I'll be back out there in some way, shape or form," said Bome.
Loy's friends and former players hope to raise $1 million to help with his recovery and also raise awareness about meningitis.
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