BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. - Ten minutes before the shots rang out in the cafeteria of Perry Hall High School, critically wounding 17-year old Daniel Borowy, Sue Doyle says her own son had left the school early to take some college classes.
"For something like this to happen to any kid is horrible. As a mom, I wouldn't even know where to begin on putting the pieces back together, but they're doing it and they need everybody's help. They need everybody's support to do it," said Doyle, a Perry Hall graduate herself.
Doyle runs a networking company that had already planned an end of summer party on Hart-Miller Island, but now she’s turned it into a fundraiser for the teen who was gunned down on his first day of school.
"Not only are they going to have insane medical expenses, because he was in Shock Trauma for almost two weeks. He's also got the Medevac. You got deductibles, co-pays, medications, home therapy. If he needs counseling or psychological help you know getting past the emotional trauma of it. Add that to, who's going to stay home and take care of him?"
Doyle estimates the Borowy’s share of the bill for the hospital stay alone at $100,000 or more, and now total strangers like the owners of Carson’s Creekside Restaurant have made donations and are rallying behind his recovery.
"I have not met Daniel yet, and everything I've heard about him, he's just everybody loves him,” said Debbie Houck, “For his world to be shattered so quickly... to just put him on pause, I think this is going to bring him back."
When organizers approached Captain Ray Holter about using his 57-foot boat to taxi people back and forth from the event, he didn’t hesitate, hoping he can play a small role in helping make Daniel whole again.
"The memory of what happened on that day will be replaced by getting out on the water, meeting a lot of new people, being out on boats and having fun,” said Holter, “and maybe just wash that other stuff away so that his memory of this whole thing may turn out to be positive."
The Bon Voyage Summer Party, as it’s been billed, for Daniel Borowy starts at 11am on Saturday (September 22) at Hart-Miller Island.
Organizers promise raffles, food, auctions, snowballs and plenty of “last minute” FUN IN THE SUMMER SUN.
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