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Friends aid student paralyzed in crash

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A spring 2009 freak dirt-bike accident left Slippery Rock University freshman Daniel Christiana a quadriplegic. Friends will gather Sunday to raise funds that could aid his recovery.

Chapter 11 of the Tri-State County Music Association will "Play for a Good Cause - Danny's Hope Fund" from 1-6 p.m. at the Slippery Rock Township Building on Branchton Road. Proceeds will go to Christiana.

The teenager, who lives with his parents, Daniel and Cheryl Christiana in Slippery Rock, was hospitalized for two months in Pittsburgh following the March 2009 accident at his home before being transfers to Atlanta for spinal rehabilitation. He uses a wheelchair for mobility.

Christiana enrolled at SRU in January of 2009 because, "I have lived in the area for 15 years. It was close to home, and I had heard good things about SRU," he said.

Christiana said he hopes to eventually make use of stem cell treatments available in the Dominican Republic to regain use of his limbs.

Currently a business major at SRU, he said an internship last summer at Carnegie Mellon University has him leaning toward eventual work in an engineering field.

Memories in Music and Shalico Cowboys will provide live music at the fundraiser. Admission is $3 at the door.