ALGONQUIN – Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park will host a fundraiser Sunday for the teen employee who remains in intensive care after his arm was caught in a conveyor lift.
The Algonquin ski park has set up a fundraising page at www.gofundme.com/ragingbuffalofriend for anyone who would like to donate to help with costs associated with the severe arm injury 17-year-old P.J. O'Donnell suffered Sunday. As of Thursday afternoon, $2,585 had been collected.
The park's insurance is also covering medical expenses.
In addition to the online donation page, the park is encouraging visitors to wear red – O'Donnell's favorite color – on Sunday and additional donation opportunities such as a bake sale will be provided. People can also drop off cards or notes for O'Donnell at the park.
O'Donnell remains in intensive care but has improved after his arm became stuck in a conveyor lift, requiring a large emergency response from multiple fire stations, a tactical team and surgeon. It took roughly an hour to complete the rescue and he was immediately flown to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after he was freed from the machine.
The park, located on 19-265 Western Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident to see if any workplace safety violations took place.