More than 500 people turned out for a fundraiser in Forestville tonight to help out the family of wounded Iraq War veteran Matt Lavoie.
"It's overwhelming," said his mother, Pam Lavoie. "It just tugs at my heartstrings."
Corp. Matt Lavoie is recovering in a military hospital in the nation's capital from an explosion that nearly killed him at the end of September. He's had 10 surgeries so far and faces more.
His right arm was mangled and it remains unclear whether a full recovery is possible.
His mother said she wished her son -- "my hero" -- could have seen the massive turnout, which included members of his old wrestling team, city leaders and scores of veterans.
Pam Lavoie said it is ironic that a year ago she was raising money at the American Legion to help the troops over in Iraq and now the community is doing so much to help her family cope with the expenses involved in helping her son get better.
"I love Bristol," she said.
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