Reporting Mike Hellgren
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Daniel Borowy has made remarkable progress since making national headlines after being shot on his first day at school last month. Organizers are now putting the finishing touches on a fundraiser that’s gone viral.
Mike Hellgren tells us why it’s so much more than that.
Less than a month after the shooting, doctors have told Daniel Borowy he’s well enough to attend the fundraiser. And so many who’ve never even met him can’t wait to see how well he’s overcome the senseless violence.
Daniel Borowy’s story of courage and healing has been an inspiration during a difficult time at Perry Hall High School.
The 17-year-old was shot after police say troubled fellow student Robert Gladden Jr. concealed a weapon and opened fire in the cafeteria, sending the school into lockdown and parents into a panic.
“My son left Perry Hall High School 10 minutes before the shooting,” Sue Doyle of Charm City Live said.
Doyle was shaken but she and her business partner Ron Hall– both Perry Hall grads– knew they had to help.
They’ve organized a huge fundraiser for Borowy on the water at Hart-Miller Island in Essex. It ballooned from 300 invitations to almost 8,000.
The money raised will pay for his long-term care and cover the expenses insurance doesn’t.
“There are very good people out there, and when it comes to it, we will come together and we will help whoever needs to be helped,” Doyle said.
“Hopefully, he won’t feel like a victim any longer and hopefully, he can get past what has happened and see that everybody is there for him,” Hall said.
After several gun scares on campuses in our area, both are concerned about preventing similar incidents. They’re also moved by the young victim’s recovery and ecstatic he will be at the event.
“He’s Daniel, and I can’t wait to meet him,” Doyle said. “You have got one very brave, strong boy.”
The shooting bruised Daniel Borowy’s lung, put a hole in his chest and broke his rib. But after many surgeries and so much pain, his mom says it never broke his spirit.
“He’s a fighter, and he has fought from the minute he was hurt,” Rosemary Borowy, Daniel Borowy’s mother, said. “I couldn’t ask for a better son.”
The fundraiser will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information about the event, click here.