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ESSEX, Vt. — Konnor Fleming makes a spectacular game-ending catch in the 12th Travis Roy Wiffle Ball Tournament, catapulting head-first into the right-field bullpen at Little Fenway Park, and vanishing from sight.
When he finally surfaces, Travis Roy breathes a sigh of relief.
“It did cross my mind that I hope he didn’t just break his neck,” says Roy.
It has been nearly 18 years since Roy, 38, crashed head-first into the boards at Walter Brown Arena, just 11 seconds into his first shift as a Boston University hockey player, and became a quadriplegic.
Now, his Travis Roy Foundation spreads joy to 100-130 people a year who have suffered paralysis, with grants to buy a new wheelchair, a bed, or ramps.
“Just a little something to make their life a little easier, just to remove one more barrier,” says Roy.