GRAND FORKS — A Christian athletes group at the University of North Dakota is set to host a prayer service and fundraiser for a student-athlete paralyzed in a December skiing accident in Colorado.

Members of UND's Fellowship of Christian Athletes are planning a community-wide prayer and fundraiser Friday, Jan. 17, at Hope Church for UND football player Hunter Pinke, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a collision with another skier sent him flying into a tree.

There will be live music, stories from Hunter's teammates as well as a message from Hunter.

The prayer and fundraiser starts at 7 p.m. at. Hope Church, 1601 17th Ave S.

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Everett Nelson with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes said every prayer for Pinke is having an impact.

"Just in conversations with Hunter, (I know) that he can feel those prayers," he said. "That is one of the reasons he's on the route that he's on with healing."