Good news greets organizers planning fundraiser for former Holy Spirit student

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While friends and family of a Holy Spirit High School graduate are thankful for the progress he has made since a near-fatal accident Nov. 8, they remain mindful of how long and costly his road to recovery will be./Facebook While friends and family of a Holy Spirit High School graduate are thankful for the progress he has made since a near-fatal accident Nov. 8, they remain mindful of how long and costly his road to recovery will be./Facebook ABSECON – While friends and family of a Holy Spirit High School graduate are thankful for the progress he has made since a near-fatal accident Nov. 8, they remain mindful of how long and costly his road to recovery will be.

Friends of Patrick Sheeran Jr., 31, of Absecon, have scheduled a beef-and-beer fundraiser for 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Teamsters Local 331 Union Hall, 1 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City. The cost is $20.

Friends, family, former school teachers are coming to his aid, said his aunt, Corrine Dinger of Galloway.

Sheeran’s former high school music teacher Bill McGrady will perform during the fundraiser, Dinger said.

Joe Smith, Absecon Volunteer Fire Company chief and owner of Ace Hardware in Galloway, will donate 15 percent of every sale at his store on Saturday, Feb. 8 to Patrick’s Song Trust.

If someone would like to help, but is unable to attend the fundraiser, checks are accepted in care of the Friends of Patrick Song Trust, 820 New York Ave., Absecon, Dinger said.

More fundraisers are planned for the future, she said.

Meanwhile, Sheeran is recovering in unexpected ways.

“There has been amazing news,” Dinger said. “He is coming home.”

Sheeran had been recovering in Florida since the accident.

Sheeran, who graduated from Holy Spirit High School in 2000, suffered a critical head injury Nov. 8 when he was struck by a car while crossing a road near his home in Del Ray, Fla. He had moved to the Sunshine State last year to accept a different position with his employer, Starbucks.

Doctors originally told friends and family that Sheeran might not survive his severe brain injuries. If he did survive, Sheeran would need years of therapy to relearn everything: how to talk, how to swallow, show to write, Dinger said.

“You just never know with a brain injury,” Dinger said.

Sheeran awoke from a coma in January.

Dinger, along with her husband, Chris; Absecon City Councilman Frank Phillips and his wife, Melissa, and Bill and Sue Fritz of Absecon organized Patrick Song Trust.

Together they are raising money to help Sheeran’s family pay for his continued long-term health care.

“He didn’t have any insurance,” Dinger said.

Sheeran was expected to return to his family’s Absecon home on Wednesday, Feb. 5 where he will continue to receive recovery therapy.

“Already we have people headed over there to build a wheelchair-accessible ramp,” Dinger said on Tuesday, Feb. 4. “He can stand for a few seconds before he has to sit back down.”

Sheeran, who majored in music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, recently told doctors he remembered the notes that went into a chord, Dinger said.

“Two weeks ago he mumbled when he spoke,” Dinger said. “Now you can begin to understand him.”

For information about the fundraiser, call Dinger at 609-841-8396 or look for Patrick’s Song on Facebook.

 


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