Now, Dailey’s friends and even complete strangers are pitching in to help the family anyway they can.
The Columbia City Dairy Queen is raising money for the Dailey family through a campaign they call 'Do it for Dailey.'
The fundraising effort was spearheaded by two Dairy Queen employee’s, who also happen to be good friends with Sam.
“I’ve known Sam since 7th grade and he's always been there for me,” said Chelsea Bianski, a Dairy Queen employee and friend of Dailey’s.
“We thought this would be a. good chance to raise money and help his family with the bills,” said Arika Smith, a Dairy Queen employee and friend of Dailey’s.
Dailey’s injury is considered catastrophic meaning the medical expenses are expected to cost more than $25,000.
WFFT is told that The Indiana High School Athletic Association will arrange for some of the medical expenses to be covered.
The Dairy Queen donation buckets raised over $300 in just six hours.
The fundraising efforts will continue during Friday’s game, as shirts will be sold, with the proceeds benefiting Sam and his family.