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Community supports teen shooting victim

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) - Nick strong! That's the hashtag that is being used around town in support of Nick Carnevale, and now the community is taking it a step further by dining a donating.

"As a mother seeing your child in that condition is heartbreaking," Cara Carnevale, the victim's mother, said.

Back in August, 19-year-old Nick Carnevale was shot at a gathering in Washington at Ashley Lake. That shooting left Nick in a coma but after waking up his mother tells me that his progress has been unbelievable.

"He is learning how to walk stairs and working on getting motion back to his right side."

Not only did his progress surprise his mother but so did the community outreach. One of her friends decided to create a fundraiser on Nick's behalf to help with his medical care.

"Their whole life has been upset and they have to redo their home to make it more accessible to him when he comes home. I just want to help any way I can," Stephanie Lawton, the fundraiser organizer, said.

People from all over Pittsfield have come out to Zuccos Family restaurant to both dine and donate. While some came in not knowing Nick's story, many of them left with a new outlook on life.

"People have been coming in that I've asked; I said do you know Nick? Do you know the family? So far half the people have said no. They have just read about it and they want to help. It's a way that people can combat the fear of life."

Even with support, Nick's mother only hopes that his story will inspire everyone involved. 

"This community has shown us kindness, and I hope that the families and friends of those kids have a support system like we do," Carnevale said.

If you would like to donate the fundraiser will be here until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.


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