Recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured right pectoralis muscle hasn't kept Matt Dumba from lending a helping hand.
Thanks in part to the Wild defenseman, a Forest Lake girl will be heading to France later this year to compete against some of the world's top young hockey talent.
Forest Lake Rangers 12U star Kalei Forga's family began a GoFundMe campaign to raise the $3,700 necessary to send their daughter to Chamonix, France for the World Selects Invitational in April. When Dumba saw a tweet promoting the effort from an organization called Black Girl Hockey Club, he shared it from his own account -- along with some words of encouragement -- and donated $500.
By early Friday afternoon, the Forga family had reached its goal. The donation mark has since been raised to send Forga's parents and sister to France, as well.
[Want more Wild headlines? Sign up for e-News.]
Dumba underwent surgery Dec. 26. The 24-year-old, who led NHL defensemen in goals at the time of his injury, is expected to miss a minimum of three months.
"Tear it up over there!" Dumba said in his tweet.