Absecon native Patrick Sheeran Jr. will be coming home to New Jersey from Florida this month as part of his recovery from a serious car accident.
Next month, his aunt and uncle Corinne and Chris Dinger, of Galloway Township, and friends Sue and Bill Fritz and Frank and Melissa Phillips, all of Absecon, will hold a fundraiser on Sheeran’s behalf to help pay for his long rehabilitation.
“Medical costs are so high,” Corinne Dinger said. “There are a lot of things insurance doesn’t cover, like renovating the bathroom and building ramps. Even being transported back to New Jersey. That’s not covered by most insurance.”
Sheeran, a Holy Spirit High School graduate, had only lived in Florida a few months when he was struck by a car in November, Dinger said. “He will need a year or two of rehabilitation due to traumatic brain injuries, including a post-traumatic stroke.”
Sheeran was also in a coma for 12 days, Dinger said. He is scheduled to have an operation Monday to repair part of his skull, after which he will be transported to a facility in West Orange, Essex County, following five days of recovery.
“He’s going to need ongoing support,” Dinger said. “So a group of us got together to do a beef-and-beer fundraiser, and the response has been tremendous. We’re getting phone calls asking to buy tickets, to sell tickets. We’re really thrilled with people’s generosity.”
Frank Phillips, an Absecon councilman, said that he and his wife have been close friends of Sheeran’s parent’s, Patrick and Karen.
“For 20 years or better,” Phillips said. “I also coached Patrick in football, and his father and Bill Fritz in the county league. They’re closer than friends. They’re like family.”
The fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Teamsters Local 331 union hall at 1 Philadelphia Ave. in Egg Harbor City.
For information or tickets, contact Dinger at 609-841-8396.
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