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Community shows its love for Regina sports broadcaster battling COVID-19

The community has raised nearly $43,000 as of Friday for Regina sports broadcaster Warren 'Woodsy' Woods who is in the hospital battling COVID-19. Courtesy / Warren Woods Facebook

There is no lack of community support shown to a Regina sports broadcaster who is in the hospital after being contracting COVID-19 in early December.

Locally known as ‘Woodsy,’ Warren Woods, 66, is being treated at the Regina General Hospital and has what’s being described as a long and difficult road ahead.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 400 people have donated nearly $43,000 to help address any future medical costs such as physical therapy.

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Woods has a lengthy career in broadcast, spending many years leading the sports team at Global News in Regina before leaving for CJME in 2013.

Whether it was covering curling, hockey or Saskatchewan’s beloved Roughriders, Woods provided in-depth knowledge like very few could in the province.

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His daughter Nicole said her dad’s health seems to be “trending in the right direction” and is overwhelmed by the support of the community.

“It’s one thing to grow up in his house and know that he’s recognized and all that. It’s another thing to see how much he’s loved,” she said.

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“That was maybe the part growing up that I was missing. You kind of have to see it to believe it. It’s been incredible.

“The community has been phenomenal. I am speechless – can’t even find words for it anymore.”

Visit his GoFundMe Page if you would like to donate.

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