Hundreds of people packed the Monroe Township Performing Arts Center last Saturday night and raised over $7800 at a comedy fundraiser for Mike Nichols, the high school hockey player who fractured his spine after being checked into the boards in a game on January 4th.

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Performing were myself, Stanley Cup Champion Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, 'Catch A Rising Star' house emcee Eric Potts, and Jimmy “Roundboy” Graham, who has his own “Graham’s Cracker’s” sitcom coming out.

Mikey couldn’t be there as he continues to undergo treatment at the Kessler Institute, but his father Steve took time from his son to come down and personally thank the crowd.

I spoke with Steve before the show and he told me that Mike had vanilla ice cream for the first time that day and looks forward to solid food. He was also able to speak to his friends via speaker phone for the first time. He says he will never stop fighting and you can’t help but believe him.

His mom bought him and iPad so he can read books on it while using a stylus to turn the pages.

What something like this does to the family is devastating both emotionally and financially.   There are so many expenses that come up that benefits don’t cover. We’re going to do this once a year until Mikey walks out on stage and introduces us.  Inquiries regarding updates and donations can be made to or get the latest information about Mike and fundraisers on the Pray for Mikey 23 Facebook page.

Prior to the fundraiser, Mikey's dad Steve called into the show to discuss his son's current health and everything they've gone through since the injury took place. You can listen to that interview in the audio player below.