As medical costs rise, the Cox family -- which includes siblings John and Julie -- have some help coming from their community.
On Oct. 26, supporters of the Cox family will have a "Tommy Strong" fundraising event at the Stevens Center.
Cox lost one leg and severely injured his other leg in a boating accident on Lake Winnipesaukee on Sept. 5. Visit www.tommystrong.com for more details, to donate and to join the Tommy Strong team.
Tommy -- who attends Sargent Elementary School and enjoys wrestling, lacrosse and football -- has had multiple surgeries since the accident and will require extensive medical treatment in the future.
When he is stable, Tommy is set to be transferred from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire to Spaulding Rehab in Boston. And when he comes home, his family will have to remodel their home to accommodate his needs.
"The Estate and Town of North Andover have graciously offered the venue and staff at no cost however we are in need of donations to be raffled, auctioned, etc.," Selectman Tracy Watson, part of the Tommy Strong team, wrote in a letter to community members.
The event needs gift certificates, gift baskets, services offered, bouquets of flowers and other donations.