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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
A way to help paralyzed Cowboys scout

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Dallas Cowboys announced Tuesday that they've joined Bank of America in establishing a trust fund for the Rich Behm family. The bank will accept donations on behalf of Behm, who was paralyzed from the waist down in Saturday's roof collapse at Valley Ranch, and his wife and three children.

"We've had an overwhelming number of phone calls and correspondence from friends and fans who want to know how they can help Rich and his family," said Cowboys public relations director Rich Dalrymple. "We are grateful to Bank of America for helping us get this moving so quickly."

Here's how you can contribute:

Bank of America
c/o Shelby Kirksey
5500 Preston Road, Suite B
Dallas, Texas 75205
Checks made payable to "Rich Behm Family Trust Fund"

Many of you have sent e-mails asking how Behm is doing. I talked to someone Monday who visited his hospital room and said he had a remarkably upbeat attitude. Players such as Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware and Marc Colombo have been dropping by on a regular basis. From talking to some of his friends, Rich has been particularly interested in how the Bulls and Cubs are doing.

He spent the first few years of his life in the Chicago area and he's remained faithful to those teams (except the Bears) ever since. One story I don't think the family will mind me sharing occurred sometime Saturday evening. Rich's younger brother, Chris, had been out of town when he received word of the accident. Not long after Chris walked into the hospital room, he saw Rich jotting a note in the palm of his hand.

"Did the Bulls win?" said the note. When Chris told him the Bulls had lost Game 7 of the playoffs, Rich scratched out the previous note and asked for a Cubs score.

It's going to be a long road for Rich and his family, but from everything I'm hearing, they're not going to back down.