Students support Spinelli

A support page on Facebook and a donation fund have been established for an FSU student who was injured in a motorcycle accident on Route 9 in Framingham on the night of Oct. 19.

Anthony Spinelli, a criminal justice major, was “involved in a serious motorcycle accident,” according to an email sent to students by Dean of Students Melinda Stoops.

“I have been in touch with Anthony’s family,” said Stoops in the email, “and they provided me with information about a Facebook page that has been set up to communicate with Anthony and his family, get updates about his condition, and to provide overall support to him at this time.”

According to a post made by the moderator of the Anthony Spinelli Support Page – which has 1,958 “likes” from Facebook users – Spinelli, who has had both his legs amputated, is “going to make it but has a long road to recovery ahead of him.”

A monetary donation fund for Spinelli “The Spinelli Strong Fund” – has been set up at the Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union, according to the support page.

Described as an “avid skier, snowboarder and surfer” who aspires to be a state trooper, Spinelli has received many messages of support from concerned FSU students.

“Anthony, your innate, determined strong will combined with your strong physical strength and the love, help and prayers from your family and friends will help you conquer all. You were born to make a difference and I believe you will,” said one poster on the support page.

Aislyn Zybert, a junior psychology major, said Spinelli is “incredibly talented and dedicated to everything he does. I wish the best for him and I know he won’t let this get him down.”

Sophomore Sociology major Ted Dobbert said, “[Spinelli] is such an active part of our community. Not having him here is like a big piece of the puzzle is missing.”

James Lindsay, a junior English major, described Spinelli as “a very laid back and positive guy.

“I know he’ll make the best of his situation, but it’s still tragic that such a horrible thing happened to such a nice guy.”

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