Tom Smith of Marblehead, who graduated from Pingree School in South Hamilton in 2008, celebrated his return to hockey in September after suffering a spinal cord injury in July 2008 while skating for his junior hockey team.

Tom Smith of Marblehead, who graduated from Pingree School in South Hamilton in 2008, celebrated his return to hockey in September after suffering a spinal cord injury in July 2008 while skating for his junior hockey team.


Cleared by all his doctors to return to the sport he loves, Tom was eager to show what hard work and the exceptional care he received at the Miami Project in Florida could achieve. Unfortunately, things didn’t go Tom’s way.


On Oct. 1, while skating at a Boston Junior Bulldogs practice in Salem, N.H., Tom fell and hit his head on the boards. He was airlifted to Boston Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with a spinal cord injury. Though responding to therapy, Tom remains at Boston Medical Center considerably paralyzed from the waist down with less significant paralysis in his upper extremities.


To help Tom and his family during his courageous fight back to health, a fundraiser will be held at Prince Pizzeria in Saugus on Nov. 24, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Doors open at 6 p.m. Comedy begins at 7:30, with Lenny Clarke and two additional comics on stage. Tickets are $25 per person, and may be purchased by calling Prince Pizzeria at 781-233-9950. There are only 100 seats left.


One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to Tom and his family. With the generosity of the Castraberti family, who own Prince Pizzeria, the entertainment and food will be donated so there will be zero expenses. Arrangements are underway to have Travis Roy attend the event.


Another way to help Tom and his family is to donate an item for an auction that will be held at Prince Pizzeria, also on the night of the fundraiser.