For many baseball fans, March 31st marked the beginning of the 2011 Major League Baseball season. For the family members of Bryan Stow, it began a nightmare.
Bryan Stow made the trek down to Los Angeles from Santa Cruz with a few friends to cheer on the San Francisco Giants. After the game, stow and his friends were assaulted from behind. He was knocked unconscious, and has been in a medically induced coma for almost a month.
To help offset stow's medical bills, his coworkers at American Medical Response set up a fundraiser at their headquarters in Santa Clara county.
Thousands of people came to the AMR's barbecue in San Jose to show their support for Stow. Stow’s coworkers cooked for hours, and the fundraiser lasted until 9pm.
Another way people could donate was through a silent auction. Jerseys, signed pictures of the San Jose Sharks, and other items were up for bidding. Those attending the fundraiser were encouraged to leave well wishes for Stow, much like the poster his coworkers created for him.
The barbecue collected $150,000. Friends and family of Stow were present throughout the day and showed their gratitude.
As of April 18, Bryan Stow is still under heavy sedation. Since the attack, the Dodger organization eliminated their beer specials, as well as adding more parking lot lights and over 200 more LAPD officers. To donate to Stow’s fund, go to Support4Stow.blogspot.com.