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July 25, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

Opinion

Joining Forces

The Ithaca College community proved once again that when one of its own is in need, it steps up to help.

This past summer, a car accident left pianist Joshua Oxford ’07 paralyzed from the neck down. But on Saturday, Oxford’s friends, including current students and faculty, came together to raise money and show support for the friend they remember as always being happy. About 700 people showed up to the benefit concert in Ford Hall to raise a substantial amount. The family wishes to not release the amount, but donations are still being accepted online to help Oxford and his family.

This money will help Oxford’s family pay medical bills and physical therapy costs. More importantly, the concert shows the significance of students, past and present, coming together to take care of one of the college’s own.
The faculty, staff and students who planned the concert, as well as those who attended and donated money, show just how close knit the college is and also how proactive the community was. Students are urged to take note from Oxford’s friends and to take action when they see a fellow student in need. Showing support for a student in need can result in an even stronger campus community.

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