$67,000 raised at Zach Gabbard fundraiser
PERHAM, Minn. - Over 1,110 people attended a fundraising event for hospitalized Perham boys basketball player Zach Gabbard on Sunday at Mulligan's Pub.
WDAY-TV reported that $67,000 was raised for Gabbard in a little over five hours on Sunday.
Gabbard collapsed during a basketball game on Jan. 20 in Glyndon, Minn.
Following open-heart surgery, Gabbard has since been diagnosed with serious heart and brain complications, and is in critical condition at the University of Minnesota's cardio care specialized unit.
A respiratory illness may be the cause of Zach Gabbard's Jan. 20 collapse during a basketball game in Glyndon, Minn.
Gabbard, 17, collapsed while playing for his Perham High School team.
On his CaringBridge website Thursday, his family said doctors believe a respiratory infection he had in December may have been the cause of his collapse.
Gabbard has been recovering at a Minneapolis hospital. He sat up by himself Thursday and has been undergoing rehabilitation exercises, the site says. He is able to write answers to some questions and form some small words, the site said.
Gabbard had open heart surgery at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo after his collapse. He has since been diagnosed with serious heart and brain complications, and is in critical condition at the University of Minnesota's cardio care specialized unit.