BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) -- A car accident this week left a Boaz coach in critical condition -- now the community is standing strong to help, and asking other communities to do the same.
The phrase "We are Boaz" runs deeper than three words and it is felt in more places than just football games.
"I think it has more meaning than just at the school, you know?" Boaz football coach Mike Smith says. The simple but impactful phrase means standing strong for the Boaz head football coach as he battles cancer.
Now another layer of meaning is poured on, as the community comes closer and stands stronger for another role model who puts in countless hours just because he loves it.
"Coach Manny, his name is Emmanuel Aragon, he's been a volunteer coach for us for about four or five years," Smith explains, "He's also a volunteer for the soccer teams here at Boaz."
Smith has worked with "Coach Manny" for years. "He spends as much time as we do, and he's just a volunteer," Smith says.
Now though, Coach Manny and his family need help.
"He had a serious car wreck the other day and he's in critical condition. " Smith says, "We need to pray for him and we need people to help."
The community is answering. "We have a GoFundMe account," Smith says, "If you want to give local we have an account set up at People's Bank in Boaz."
The GoFundMe account has already raised a substantial amount of money for expenses in just one day, but school staff says the expenses will be great, and anything is appreciated for Coach Manny and his family.
Coach Manny gives his support to Boaz. Now it's their turn, and the community is asking for others to help too.
"I felt really good about our community and the surrounding communities, that they will come and do everything they can to help, because he's a special person," Smith says.