A recent Ocean City High School graduate and standout athlete was injured last week, just weeks before he was planning to start his college sports career.
A Facebook GoFundMe account was set up for 19-year-old Matt Fumo, who was injured swimming with friends near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.
Ocean City fire Chief James P. Smith said the Fire Department responded to the call about an injury at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Ocean City police also responded for traffic and crowd control, according to police Capt. Steven Ang.
Fumo was transported by Ocean City Fire Department ambulance to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus trauma center in Atlantic City.
According to the GoFundMe page, Fumo suffered a broken neck in a swimming accident and underwent emergency surgery. His long-term prognosis is unknown at this time, although the GoFundMe page did say Fumo has had movement in some of his extremities.
More than $42,000 has been raised for the medical expenses incurred by Fumo and his family as of 5 p.m. Monday, only one day after the campaign was set up.
Fumo was one of the top baseball players in the Cape-Atlantic League this spring as a senior. He batted .385 with 22 runs scored and also won one game as a pitcher in five appearances for an Ocean City team that went 13-10 and won the CAL National Conference title in 2017.
He was named a first team National Conference all-star as an outfielder. Fumo also was a member of the 2016 Raider team that won the South Jersey Group III championship.
Fumo plans to play baseball at Cumberland County College, one of the top junior college programs in the Northeast.
“We are asking for your help so Matt can seek the best doctors and most advanced treatments in order to meet his goal, which is nothing short of throwing some heat again in college,” a post on the GoFundMe page said.
For more information or to make a donation, log on to https://www.gofundme.com/MattFumo.