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Stilwell resident Alex Fraser is starting on a long road to recovery after suffering a serious spinal injury on a family trip to Mexico. Stilwell resident Alex Fraser is starting on a long road to recovery after suffering a serious spinal injury on a family trip to Mexico.
STILWELL, KS (KCTV) -

The community continues to show their support after Spring Break took a turn for the worst for a Blue Valley High School senior.

Stilwell resident Alex Fraser is starting on a long road to recovery after suffering a serious spinal injury on a family trip to Mexico.

Fraser, 18, was transported to Denver on Wednesday for his next round of treatments. To see him off, dozens of classmates showed up at the Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe, KS, to show their support.

"He has such a positive attitude that it makes this so much easier," said student Lindsay Miller.

His classmates also made a video to cheer on their friend.

"Stay strong. We love you Alex," said one student.

"I know you'll make it through this recovery. You've got a lot of good doctors helping you," said another one.

"You're the toughest guy we know so if anyone's going to make it through this, you are," a third student said.

Fraser severely injured his spine while he was surfing in Mexico with his family on St. Patrick's Day. His father, Mike Fraser, says it was a nightmare trying to negotiate the health of his son in a place where very few doctors or nurses spoke English.

"We were unprepared for what it was like to be in a foreign country. And while Mexico's not very far away, it's not our country," Mike Fraser said.

The Fraser family had to pay for Alex Fraser's initial surgery in Mexico out of their own pocket. Doctors suggested he then be taken to Denver where physicians there specialize in his type of injury.

The senior and star athlete just set a school swimming record.

"He's going to stand up and figure out how to tackle this thing," his father said.

"Really great guy all around, he's very competitive and always has a great attitude," said student Luke Pope.

Mike Fraser said he's proud of his son's resilience and willingness to stay positive during the recovery.

"He's done a wonderful job of keeping a stiff upper lip and helping others around him as well," he said of his son.

But now it's others who are helping him. The school is organizing fundraisers to help pay for an expensive surgery and long rehabilitation process.

"The genuine encouragement and love that I see from these kids is a beautiful thing," Mike Fraser said. "The incredible support and character of these young people in this community, it's just heartwarming."

The family has set up a trust fund to pay for some of the medical expenses.

Click here to donate online.

Or people can donate in person by visiting any Country Club Bank location and donating to the fund for Alex Fraser.

His high school will host a fundraiser carnival on Saturday, April 19 to help raise money for his family with medical bills and other expenses. The event held at the school will have games and T-shirts for sale and donations are also welcomed.

Alex Fraser is expected to be in Denver for the next several months.

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