Team uses Super Bowl Sunday to rally around injured football player
When Isaac Pfeifer was severely injured in a football game last November, his teammates and friends rallied to help with his recovery.
"We decided to do a pancake feed just because it's something different. It's something that people haven't quite done yet,"said organizer Abby Beller.
"We had a long list of people that wanted to help and we had to find jobs for them to do. It was really awesome," added Riley Knake.
The student-led effort culminated Sunday with a free-will donation pancake feed and silent auction at Norfolk Catholic School, with all the funds raised going to help the Pfeifer family renovate their home to make it more wheelchair accessible.
Thousands of attendees, some from as far away as Omaha, waited in lines that wrapped around the entire cafeteria and beyond for pancakes cooked by members of the Norfolk Catholic football team.
The event even featured a special appearance by Isaac himself, and a local National Guard chapter presented the family with a monetary donation. Family members say the response has been overwhelming.
"It really makes it known that we're actually a family, and that we're going to help each other out if we need help," said Issac's brother Noah.
Organizers agreed, adding that Sunday's turnout far exceeded their expectations.
"We worked so hard and there's been so much support. But to see the support actually, physically here just warms up your heart," said Beller.
You can count Isaac's coach among those who isn't at all surprised by what Norfolk Catholic's students can accomplish.
"I think one of the most important things we do is help each other, especially in times of need. Obviously, going into a football game, Isaac didn't think that this type of injury would occur that may change his life. Yet it has, and now we have to see what we can do for them," explained Jeff Beller.
Organizers and family members all agree that Sunday's Bring Isaac Home fundraiser is proof that whatever road Isaac has to travel in his recovery, he won't be doing it alone. They say over 200 volunteers helped put on the fundraiser.
Isaac had to return to his rehab in Lincoln Sunday evening. Family members are confident that he'll be home for good soon.