HART MILLER ISLAND, Md. (WJZ)– Hundreds of boaters gathered on Saturday at Hart Miller Island to show support for Daniel Borowy. The Baltimore County teen was shot on the first day of school.

Rochelle Ritchie has more.

The fundraiser was quite a hit and is turning a tragedy into triumph.

Clutching a stuffed animal, Daniel Borowy is taking steps to a new beginning after being shot on the first day school at Perry Hall High School.

It was nearly a month ago when the accused triggerman, Robert Gladden Jr., walked into the school cafeteria and opened fire, scaring students and leaving parents in disbelief.

The bullets struck 17-year-old Daniel Borowy, bruising his lung, breaking a rib and leaving a hole in his chest, sending him to Shock Trauma for weeks.

“He’s a fighter and he has fought from the minute he was hurt,” Rosemary Borowy, Daniel Borowy’s mother, said.

Daniel Borowy’s courageous efforts in such a difficult time touched the hearts of hundreds throughout our area. And on Saturday, efforts were made to help the family get back to normal and pay for mounting medical bills.

“If we can pay a bill and do anything other than erase some bad memories and give him some really good ones, then we’re good,” Sue Doyle, a Perry Hall High School graduate and business owner, said.

Doyle was behind the fundraiser, the Bon Voyage Summer Party– a benefit to help Daniel Borowy and his family who attended the event. The 17-year-old gave the crowd a huge grin and a thumbs up.

Boaters lined up just off the Hart-Miller Island and donated their time, money and business– whatever they could to help.

“It was nothing compared to what Daniel with through. So I am just glad I was able to help,” Dan Meyler, a resident of Hart Miller Island, said.

Just how much money was raised for Daniel Borowy is not known yet but the infectious smile that touched so many is slowly coming back.

“It took a lot not to cry today, especially when he was driving the boat, he had a huge grin on his face,” Doyle said.

Medical bills could reach $100,000.

The Robert Gladden Jr. is being charged as an adult in the high school shooting.


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