North Andover

Town unites to help 10-year-old after accident

Friends of the Cox family of North Andover are hoping for a big show of support for 10-year-old Tommy Cox, who was in a devastating boating accident Sept. 5, at the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Feaster Five. The annual road race in neighboring Andover each year attracts about 10,000 runners who choose to support local charities by running either a 5-kilometer or a 5-mile route. Tommy Strong, a group of more than a dozen local mothers who have banded together to support the Cox family, has established a team for the road race and would welcome others to join them. According to Dina Pepi, fund-raising chairwoman for the Tommy Team and a close friend of the Cox family, there is a chance that Tommy and his mother, Julie Cox, may be on hand to cheer on the racers. To date, Tommy Strong has raised $41,000, funding that will be used to make the first floor of the Cox home wheelchair-accessible. The Sargeant Elementary School fifth grader lost his left leg in the boating accident and severely injured his right leg. To learn more, visit To join the Tommy Team for the road race, visit and click “Join a Team” at registration.