NEWPORT NEWS, Va (WVEC) – Hundreds of people showed up in Newport News Saturday in support of a Hampton Roads teen struggling to recover after a life-changing accident on the Outer Banks.

In June, Trevor Claar broke his neck after diving into a wave and hitting a sand bar. He was left paralyzed from the chest down.

It happened during the 18-year-old’s graduation celebration trip to Kill Devil Hills.

Now, his family celebrates the small victories in his recovery. They joined hundreds at a benefit hosted by Claar’s former employer, Harpoon Larry’s Newport News.

"He hit the elevator for the first time the other day,” said Sandra Powell, Trevor’s sister. “I have a video of him feeding himself for the first time. It’s small things like that, but they’re big things compared to what he was doing."

Family, friends, coworkers and even strangers showed up for the event.

“It gives me the chills every time I look around and see all these total complete strangers out here supporting him,” said Kelsey Claar, Trevor’s sister.

All donations raised will go toward Trevor’s medical expenses and making his home handicap accessible.

Next Thursday, Trevor is expected to arrive back in Hampton Roads from rehab in Atlanta.