2002-06-29 / Letters

Eddie Needs Your Help!

Eddie Needs Your Help!

Eddie Needs Your Help!

Dear Editor;

My name is Bernard Ramchatesingh. I have always found that the Wave is very helpful to the community at large. You may remember my name through stories about St. Camillus School and Marching Band, the PAGE Program, the New York Junior Tennis League, Coach Greg
Carter, the PAL, and the Rockaway Sports Association.

The reason for this letter, however, is a much more serious occasion. The following is a letter describing Eddie Halloran Jr., a 20-year old former lifeguard who is now completely paralyzed. I am a member of BOSS, The Brother of Subway Sandwiches, an Unofficial fan club of Subway Restaurants. Eddie was an Alumnus of my High School, St. Francis Prep. We are putting on a fundraiser for Eddie later this month, and are
looking for people to attend the event, items to raffle off, or simply a donation of any sum of money
no matter how minimal that may help Eddie and his Family.

The proceeding explains: After graduating from high school, In Francis Slocum State Park in Pa. where he is credited with saving lives in the pool as a lifeguard, tragedy struck Eddie Halloran, Jr. on June 13th, 2001.  As he dove into the pool on this ordinary day, he had an accident that left him paralyzed. Eddie Halloran, Jr. is a St. Kevin's (Flushing, Queens) graduate, class of 1995.  While a student here, he enthusiastically played basketball, track, and soccer, and was also a member of the Sea Cadets. In St. Francis Prep High School he participated in intramural track, soccer, volleyball, and football.
But his passion was and still is swimming.
    He joined CYO when he was in 3rd grade, Cross Island Barracudas in 7th grade, and was awarded
Catholic High School's Swimmer Of The Year in 1999 for the 100 yd. backstroke.  At the age of 15 he became a lifeguard, and also won awards as a National Swimmer, City Champ, State Champ and even State Record
Holder.  Eddie attended Misericordia College, where he maintained a 3.9 GPA as a physical therapy major and he merited the distinction of being the Most Valuable Swimmer for 2001.  In addition to being elected team captain, Eddie achieved fame in becoming one of the highest all point scorers with 2 years competition at Misericordia!
   Eddie's father is unable to work due to a back disability and his Mom quit her job to be with her son.  Both parents reside in a Ramada Inn near the Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in West Orange, New Jersey.  They spend all their time monitoring Eddie's progress, researching new treatments for spinal cord injuries, attending lectures, and meeting with
research neurologists.  Their energy is unending, and their faith in God could move mountains.

Eddie's determination is awe inspiring, and his warmth and smile make him a pleasure to be with.  He
is learning to get around in a special chair he operates with the use of his head, and is presently taking a course at Misericordia with the use of a voice operated computer.

However, finances from Workman's Comp are very limited.  Just to list a few things, renovations have to be made on the Halloran home to accommodate a new way of life for Eddie, equipment for physical therapy will have to be brought in, nursing care will be necessary on a 24 hour basis, and a van will have to
be purchased to help transport him.  So, as you can see, your prayers, support and any help possible are
desperately needed! The Eddie Holloran Accident Fund. Each and every gift is most appreciated and will certainly be put to good use. For more information please visit www.SubwayBrothers.com or call 917-582-4741 (Bernie). Thank you very much, and God bless you for your kindness and considerationâ026


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