LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The University of La Crosse Football team partnered with the La Crosse community to honor one of its own at the No Eagle Left Behind benefit Saturday.
Money was raised for Jason Church, a second lieutenant Airborne Ranger with the U.S. Army.
Church, a former defenseman for the UW-L football team, was injured in an IED explosion on a recent mission to Afghanistan.
He lost both his legs below the knee and severely injured his right arm.
Money raised at Saturday's benefit will go to Church's family.
Church said a majority will be allocated toward travel expenses, since he spends most of his time at the Walter Reed National Military Center in Maryland.
"Often they come up to me and say, ‘thank you' to me, but I really honestly feel that I owe a great, great bit of gratitude to the entire community of La Crosse, the university, the athletic department and the football team. I mean, they are my brothers on the football field and when I fell down, they were right there to pick me back up," Church said.
The event raised money through raffles, silent auctions, live auctions and catering.
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