SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A little Sioux Falls boy is recovering in a Minnesota hospital, after a bicycling crash left him with serious injuries. Now, friends and relatives are raising money through social media to help the family with the medical bills.
Last week, Teddy Sayler was riding his bike down a hill when he popped a wheelie. Teddy lost control and landed on top of the handlebars during the crash, suffering a lacerated liver. Now Teddy's in a Minneapolis hospital for treatment, as friends of the family back home hope for the best.
Michael Haskett says Teddy Sayler was a regular at his son's birthday parties, including one just two weeks ago.
"Yeah, Teddy and Johnny have kind of grown up together, they're good buds," Haskett said.
Michael Haskett, the owner of M.B Haskett Delicatessen in downtown Sioux Falls has known Teddy's parents Patrick and Michelle since high school.
"Michelle and I went to Washington together and Patrick went to Roosevelt, but we went to concerts, we're just good friends," Haskett said.
Haskett says the Saylers were a family constantly on the go on their bicycles, so he didn't think too much about it at first, when he learned little Teddy wiped-out on his bike.
"Kids get in scrapes all the time, especially Patrick and Michelle's kids," Haskett said.
But it turns out, that biking mishap damaged Teddy's liver.
"Teddy's a tough kid and he's, I think, in the best hands in the region right now and they're doing everything they can for him, Haskett said.
Haskett is encouraged by the response to a GoFundMe account on behalf of the Saylers. He says the financial outpouring shows how people pull together when a little boy needs their help.
"I really hope that this is something that Teddy can recover from quickly and get back to being a kid," Haskett said.
Teddy's dad, Patrick Sayler, is the general manager of Co-Op Natural Foods in Sioux Falls.
If you'd like to make a donation to the family, click here