LAGRANGE — As Kyle Delligatti continues to make slight medical improvements, friends, teachers and community members have taken it upon themselves to help his family any way they can.
Kyle, 17, was involved in a two-car crash Feb. 5 on state Route 301 near Webster Road.
After being treated at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Kyle was transported Friday to Grace Hospital, within Lakewood Hospital, for long-term acute care.
“He was a little stressed from the transport, but he’s doing fine now,” his dad, Shane Delligatti, said on the family’s Caring Bridge website. “His friends came today and decorated his room with Star Wars pictures and get-well banners from Keystone. It looks good.”
Shane Delligatti said while his son is still in a coma, he is almost breathing on his own.
“(With help) he is getting to sit in a chair position and a little country music playing to soothe him,” Shane Delligatti posted.
The website has received more than 10,400 visitors since it started in February.
As Kyle’s family continues to rally around him, residents of Lorain County are doing the same.
From 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, LaGrange Village Pizza, 355 S. Center St., will host a dine-to-donate. A portion of the profits made on any transaction (dine-in, pick-up, delivery or gift certificate purchases) will go toward Kyle’s care.
Youth 4 Youth will host a spaghetti dinner 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 in the Keystone High School cafetorium. The dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, roll, dessert and beverage. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and younger. Pre-sales for the event can be purchased at the KHS main office, on Opportunity Way or The Enchanted Florist, 109 Public Square, LaGrange. Tickets also will be available at the door.
Throughout the evening, there will be balloon animals, face painting and appearances by the Wildcat mascot.
After dinner, students will come together on the volleyball court for a powderbuff boys volleyball tournament and support rally at 7 p.m.
T-shirts for the event are $10 with 100 percent of the profits benefiting the Delligatti family. The purchase of the shirt includes free admission to the event.
T-shirts must be ordered by March 12. For an additional $2, T-shirt buyers can put “Delligatti” across the back or add a number.
Admission for anyone not wearing a pre-ordered shirt is $5.
For updates on Kyle’s condition, visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/kyledelligatti. Donations can be made at any FirstMerit Bank under the name “Kyle Delligatti” or “Shane Delligatti.”